The final quarter to be released during the year 2016 was the Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument Quarter. This represented the thirty fifth release overall within the series created to feature National Parks and sites from each state, US territory, and the District of Columbia.
The reverse design of the quarter features the dramatic scene of Sergeant William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack by a British Ship. The inscriptions read “Fort Moultrie”, “South Carolina”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “2016”. The reverse was designed by Richard Scott and engraved by Joseph Menna.
The obverse of the quarter features the profile portrait of George Washington, restored from the original John Flanagan design. This image has been used in common throughout the series with the required inscriptions “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
On November 14, 2016, examples of the Fort Moultrie Quarter struck at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities were officially released into general circulation. On the same date, the United States Mint opened sales for numismatic bags and rolls containing circulating quality examples of the coins. In addition to coins struck at Philadelphia and Denver, these products also included coins struck at San Francisco with the “S” mint mark, which were not released for general circulation. These products were priced at a premium to the face value and packaged in special wrappers or canvas bags indicating the design of the coin, mint mark, and face value.
A few days later on November 17, 2016, the United States Mint and the National Park Service held the official launch ceremony for the coin at Fort Moultrie in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Highlights of the event included a coin forum, a special firing of reproduction muskets, and a coin exchange where members of the public were allowed to exchange currency for rolls of freshly minted Fort Moultrie Quarters.
During the year, the United States Mint also released clad and 90% silver proof versions of the quarter within annual sets, as well as bullion and numismatic five ounce silver versions of the coins.
About Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument
The Civil War was one of the most significant growing pains that the United States experienced in its quest to become the largest free nation in the world. While many people know the issues of agriculture and slavery that caused the strained relations between the Northern and Southern states, few people are aware of the exact location where the first shots of the war were fired.
The very first battlefield of the Civil War was none other than the seaside Fort Moultrie, otherwise known as the Fort Sumter National Monument. Few know that while Fort Moultrie was the site of a crushing initial defeat for the Union forces, it was the site of a huge victory over the British troops nearly a century earlier in the American Revolutionary War.
When you visit Fort Sumter National Monument in the port town of Charleston, South Carolina, you will be able to walk amongst the original structures where both Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers fought and died. You will be able to imagine the intense feelings of a battle situation as if you were Captain Abner Doubleday, the soldier responsible for firing the very first shot of the Civil War.
This national monument stands as a reminder of those who fought and died for the freedom of all citizens of this great country. Visitors to the Fort will have the opportunity to participate in programs and tours that will bring the past up close and personal to their daily lives. Learn about why seaside towns like Charleston would prove to be so important to defending America’s freedom.