The Enhanced Uncirculated Coin set released on August 1st is exciting because of two reasons; it's honoring the 225th Anniversary of the US mint and the coins come in a different finish called the Enhanced Uncirculated finish. This earlier post explains what is the Enhanced Uncirculated finish and the difference between the Enhanced Uncirculated set and a Proof or Reverse Proof set.
This second post delves deeper into each of the coins that are included in the set. There are 10 coins in the set, all from the San Francisco mint (S-mint).
America the Beautiful Quarters
This year's 5 America the Beautiful quarters form part of the Enhanced Uncirculated set.
2017-S Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter (Iowa)
The 2017 Effigy Mounds National Monument ATB coin shows the Effigy mounds from the Marching bear group in Iowa. The Native Americans made mounds in the ground for spiritual or burial purposes. These have been preserved in the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Allamakee county and Clayton county in Iowa. The mounds depict various animal shapes like like bears, bisons, birds, panthers, turtles, deers, lynx and water spirits!
2017-S Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter (Washington, DC)
The 2017 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site quarter depicts Frederick Douglass writing at his desk with Washington D.C in the background. Frederick Douglass was the face of African-American struggle against slavery. From the bonds of slavery Douglass rose to become an orator, writer and statesman. His estate and home were declared a National Historic site in 1988.
2017-S Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter (Missouri)
The 2017 Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter depicts the Alley Mill, the quaint red mill that was the most oft photographed mill of the country. The mill was constructed by George Washington McCaskill along the Jacks Fork river in 1893-94 to mill wheat grains to flour.
2017-S Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) Quarter (New Jersey)
Ellis Island was something of a paradise for the millions of immigrants who travelled from Europe to start a new life in the 'New World'. The 2017 Ellis Island Quarter shows the immigrants with the Ellis Island hospital in the backdrop. In 1954, the island closed for migration and it became part of the Statue of Liberty monument in 1965.
2017-S George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Quarter (Indiana)
The 2017 George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter honors the Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark and his frontiersmen during the American Revolution. The National Historical park was designed by Frederick Charles Hiron for the early hero of the American War of Independence at the sight of the battle of Vincennes with the British forces.
Native American coin
The $1 Native American coin released this year depicts the Native American, 'Sequoyah', the inventor of the Cherokee syllabury. A silver-smith, Sequoyah created the syllabury using latin letters. He demonstrated the usefulness of the written word to the Western Cherokees. Though they were skeptical in the beginning, the whole of Cherokee nation later adopted the syllabury and Sequoyah became a legend among his people.
The other Native American Enhanced Uncirculated coins include the 2014, 2015 and 2016 $1 coins.
Kennedy Half Dollar
Within hours of JFK's assassination, Mint Director Eva Adams authorised the release of the Half dollar in honor of the most loved President of United States. Gilroy Roberts reused the existing bust of Kennedy that he had made for the Presidential medal, for the obverse of the coin. For the reverse, Frank Gasparro reused his Kennedy Appreciation medal design. We wrote about the Key dates of Kennedy dollars in this earlier post last year.
Kennedy Half dollar was released as an Enhanced Uncirculated coin once before in 2014.
The Roosevelt Dime is the 10 cent piece of the United States and one of the few modern coins who's design remains mostly unaltered for a long time, right from 1946. Designed by John R. Sinnock, the obverse displays the bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the reverse shows a torch representing liberty, flanked by branches of olive representing peace and oak representing strength and independence.
The Jefferson nickel is the 5 cent piece of the United States and has been struck since 1938 when it first replaced the Buffalo nickel. Till 2004, the design by artist Felix Schlag remained unchanged. In 2005, the obverse design was by Joe Fitzgerald. Both the designs showed the founding father and the author of the 'Declaration of Independence' Thomas Jefferson in profile. From 2006, Jamie Franki portrayed Jefferson facing forward in the obverse, with the reverse still retaining Felix Schlag's original reverse of Monticello, the plantation house that Jefferson himself designed.
The Lincoln cent or Lincoln penny as it is sometimes called is the 1 cent coin of the United States and depicts Abraham Lincoln. It was designed by Victor David Brenner in 1909 for honoring Lincoln's centennial birth anniversary. The reverse displays a Union Shield designed by Lyndall Bass in 2010.