The Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter represented the final release of the year and the nineteenth overall release for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. This series features designs depicting National Parks and National Sites from each state and territory in the order federally designated.
Mount Rushmore was selected to represent the state of South Dakota. The famous national monument featuring the likenesses of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln had previously been depicted on 1991 commemorative coins and the 2006 South Dakota State Quarter. For the latest release, the depiction takes a non-traditional approach.
The reverse design by Joseph Menna was inspired by photos of workmen adding the final details to Thomas Jefferson’s face on the memorial. This provides an interesting view of the famous site and an educational perspective on how it was created and sculpted. The inscriptions surrounding the image read “Mount Rushmore”, “South Dakota”, “2013”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. On the obverse of the coin is a portrait of George Washington originally used on the 1932 quarter dollar.
The Mount Rushmore Quarter was released into circulation on November 4, 2013. During the year, the coin was also be available in a number of different numismatic products including circulating quality coins in bags and rolls, annual sets, and program specific products. Finally, the design was also featured on the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins, offered in both bullion and collector formats.
About Mount Rushmore National Memorial
There are many people that are very proud of the state that they come from, and they usually find unique ways to display their pride. Doane Robinson, a native of South Dakota born in 1856, wanted to do something significant that would attract visitors to his home state for many years to come. Eventually, this desire would lead to Robinson to carve the faces of our most influential presidents in the side of a mountain in the Black Hills.
Accomplishing Robinson’s dream took a lot of inspiration and financial help along the way, and he had many friends that would see him through the project from initial plans to completion. The result is a Mount Rushmore National Memorial that millions of people from all around the world visit every year.
The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt were slowly etched into the side of this massive precipice by sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum. The monument was officially recognized by the federal government in March of 1925, and it has since become a national symbol for the values of patriotism and freedom. A visit to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial will provide tourist with a unique opportunity to marvel at the majesty of this one of a kind sculpture.