Dear Mr. Peterson:
In its meeting of 18 September, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed alternative reverse designs for the five "America the Beautiful" coins for issue in 2016 as circulating quarters and silver bullion coins. The Commission's recommendations were as follows:
Shawnee National Forest (Illinois). The Commission recommended alternative #7, featuring Camel Rock, consistent with the preference of the site liaison.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Kentucky). The Commission members recommended alternative #6 as the clearest depiction of the mountain gap; they suggested reducing the size of the deer in the foreground to improve the legibility of the gap in the background.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (West Virginia). The Commission members recommended alternative #6 as the most recognizable choice in depicting Harpers Ferry, while commenting that the legibility of this aerial view may not be satisfactory at the scale of the coin.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota). The Commission recommended alternative #1, consistent with the preference of the site liaison.
Fort Moultrie, Fort Sumter National Monument (South Carolina). The Commission recommended alternative #5 as a clear and simple composition.
As always, the staff is available to assist you with future submissions.
/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA
Richard A. Peterson, Deputy Director
United States Mint
801 9th Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20220