The America the Beautiful coin series from the United States Mint launched in 2010, and has been met with immediate popularity and demand so far through seven years of production. With five new releases each year, it is often the first coin released each year that gets the excitement started. In this case, the 2016 5 oz Silver ATB Shawnee National Forest Coin holds that distinction, and is currently available on Silver.com.
- 1st release in 2016 and 31st overall in the America the Beautiful Series.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic slab from the NGC.
- Consists of five troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $.25 (USD) by the United States government.
- Bears a grade of Mint State 69 ER from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Represents Illinois in the ATB Series.
- Celebrates Shawnee National Forest.
Shawnee National Forest was established under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in September 1939. Throughout the late 1930s and the 1940s, the Civilian Conservation Corps planted saplings to help prevent further erosion of land in the Shawnee Hills and rebuild the soil which had been exhausted by decades of farming in the area.
The 2016 5 oz Silver ATB Shawnee National Forest coins in this product listing on Silver.com are near-perfect coins according to the NGC. Coins with this grade have full, original mint luster and also include a maximum of two minor detracting flaws. Proof-like is a label for bullion coins with finishes that are similar to proof specimens, such as matte designs and mirror-like backgrounds.
America the Beautiful is a 56-coin series from the US Mint that includes five new releases each year. Planned to run through 2021, the program will eventually represent a national forest, park, or monument from each of the nation’s 50 states, five territories, and the federal district of Washington DC.
The reverse face of the coin features the unique Shawnee National Forest design, which includes an eagle flying above camelback rock in the Shawnee Hills. Included on this face are engravings of the coin’s year of issue, the state of issue, and the park represented.
On the obverse is the image of President George Washington, captured in left-profile by John Flanagan. This image has appeared on the American quarter-dollar coin since 1932.
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