Originally Posted on: 9/22/2017
Recently, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee voted on the five designs that will be used in the 2019 America the Beautiful quarters series. This committee was created over a decade ago to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on which themes and designs should be selected for coinage.
Recently, they met at the mint headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The America the Beautiful Quarters will honor national sites such as the Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts, War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam, Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho, American Memorial Park in the Northern Mariana Islands, and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in Texas.
The image above for the Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts depicts one of the many women who worked in the mills on textile machinery during the Industrial Revolution. Ultimately, the middle design was selected. The wheel in the picture depicts a thread holder and a water wheel. Both of which were prominent in the success of the textile industry.
This 2nd design that honors soldiers who lost their lives in the WWII Marianas Campaign depicts a Chamorro boy saluting the flag while sitting on the shoulders of a soldier. This coin on the left got the most votes.
There was great debate over the coin for the Guam memorial. At first glance, the coin on the right might not make sense. However, a plane propeller used as a coral reef can be seen which suggests that the coin is depicting modern times. The coin on the right gives off more of a somber emotion that even though lives were lost years ago, there are still artifacts, most of which are housed in the museum that can never be erased. The depiction of the turtle represents the endangered Sea Turtle in the area that makes use of the artificial coral reef. In contrast, the coin on the left depicts the battle as two soldiers can be seen on the Asan Bay shoreline as they fought for the island of Guam and eventually liberated it from enemy forces.
Ultimately, the committee decided to go with the coin on the left.
This coin was picked for the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Symbols of the mission include the bell tower, Heraldic Lion, wheat and the San Antonio River.
The last design uses a wolf, trees, and stars to depict the vastness and remoteness of the wilderness for the River of No Return design.
That's all the designs for 2019. What is your opinion on these designs? Are you looking forward to them? Is there a design that you wish was used instead of the ones that were selected?