U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Celebrates Ozark National Scenic Riverways with New Quarter Release.
On June 8, 2017 the United States Mint and National Park Service celebrated yet another quarter release in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The most recent park featured is Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri with the reverse side depicting the Alley Mill, a steel roller mill dating back to 1894. The mill was used convert wheat into flour and much of the mill remains intact giving visitors to the park an opportunity to tour the mill.
At the event honoring the park, Mint Senior Advisor Michele Satchell stated, “Vital to the community here a century ago, the mill stands as a tribute to our ability to harness the power of the environment and reminds us of a way of life heavily shaped by the remote and rugged landscape in which it endured.”
She was joined onstage with Tom Akers, former NASA astronaut and the event’s master of ceremonies. The crowd was entertained by the award-winning blue-grass band and South Central Missouri’s own, Baker Family. Ron Sanders, an artist for the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program and designer of the Ozark quarter was in attendance, as were many U.S Mint, National Park Service and state officials.
Others speakers included:
• U.S. Congressman Jason Smith
• Patricia Trap, Deputy Regional Director for the National Park Service
• Paul Fitzwater, Missouri State Representative, who represented Governor Eric Greitens
• Larry Johnson, Superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways
• David Stokely, District Director, SW and South Central Missouri, who represented Senator Claire McCaskill, and
• Caroline Yielding, Field Representative for Southeast Missouri, who represented Senator Roy Blunt
At an event the previous evening, a forum for collectors was held and the bank exchanged $26,000 in quarters.
About Ozark National Scenic Riverways
The Park was the first area to protect a river system in the United States. It was established in 1964 and formally dedicated in 1971. With 80,785 acres and a spring system that features more the 400 caves and other special geological formations, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is a true natural wonder of the Unites States.
The America the Beautiful Quarters® Program
Since its inception in 2010, this 12-year initiative has released 5 new national park quarters each year, in the order they were officially established. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarters is the 38th park that has been featured in the program. Products can be purchased directly from the U.S. Mint’s online catalog.
The Unites States Mint
Created by Congress in 1792, the U.S. Mint officially became a part of the Department of Treasury in 1873. It’s the Nation’s only manufacturer of legal tender coinage and its duties include producing currency so the country can conduct its trade and commerce.
The U.S. Mint also produces numismatic products such as Congressional Gold Medals, gold bullion coins and proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins like those in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The Mint is a self-sustaining entity and does not operate at the cost of taxpayers.
For more information on the U.S Mint, the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program or other rare coins and precious metals, call Dane C. Olevian Numismatic Rarities. ONR is one of Pittsburgh’s most trusted coin dealers. Call us at 1-844-ONR-COIN today