The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter represented the thirty-third release within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which commemorates the National Parks and sites of America. The coin was released for general circulation, as well as offered for sale within a variety of numismatic products.
The quarter’s reverse was designed by Thomas Hipschen and engraved by Phebe Hemphill. It features an image of John Brown’s Fort, the site of abolitionist John Brown’s last stand during his raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory, which helped precipitate the American Civil War. The inscriptions read “John Brown’s Fort”, “Harpers Ferry”, “West Virginia”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “2016”. On the obverse of the coin is the portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan with the inscriptions “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and the denomination “Quarter Dollar”.
On June 6, 2016, examples of the quarter struck at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities were released for general circulation. On the same day, the United States Mint opened sales of numismatic bags and rolls containing circulating quality examples of the coins. In addition to Philadelphia and Denver minted coins, the products also included circulating quality coins struck at the San Francisco Mint, which were not released for general circulation. The available products included 100-coin bags from any of the mints priced at $34.95, 20-coin rolls from the San Francisco Mint priced at $18.95, two roll sets of coins from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints priced at $32.95, and three roll sets containing rolls from all three mints priced at $46.95.
A launch ceremony hosted by the United States Mint and National Park Service was held on June 8, 2016. The event took place at Lower Town in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia with live tweets from the event at the hashtag #HarpersFerryQTR. Following the ceremony, members of the public were allowed to exchange currency for freshly minted rolls of quarters.
The Harpers Ferry Quarter was also struck in proof version at the San Francisco Mint in standard composition as well as 90% silver. These coins were incorporated into annual set products offered by the United States Mint. Finally, five ounce silver versions were struck in bullion and collectible uncirculated format at the Philadelphia Mint.
About Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
There are few things that can make historical events come alive for the younger generation of Americans than the opportunity to see historically accurate reenactments of the way that people used to live and work in the early days of the country. This is exactly the opportunity that is provided by a visit to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia.
When you set foot in this unique historical park, you will have the pleasure of observing how people lived, played and worked in the time when America was going through its most significant growing pangs, the Civil War. When you venture into the historic town of Harpers Ferry, you will be helping to commemorate the events that occurred near this settlement, including the creation of the first truly successful American railroad, the monumental attack on slavery by John Brown, and the site of the largest surrender of Union troops in the course of the Civil War.
Officially recognized by the federal government in June of 1944, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a place where both natural features and manmade memories are combined for a truly unique experience. Visitors to the Park are welcomed to hike up to Jefferson Rock in order to enjoy the view of the place where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet each other, and to visit with the over one hundred and seventy species of birds and thirty species of mammals that call the Park home. One of the more unique facts about conservation that occurs at Harpers Ferry is that in 2001 the Park began its official Peregrine Falcon Restoration Project.