Shawnee National Forest consists of roughly 280,000 acres of federally controlled lands in the Shawnee Hills of southern Illinois. Formed throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Shawnee National Forest was a land reclamation and reforestation program undertaken by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Right now, the 2016 5 oz Silver Colorized ATB Shawnee National Forest coin is available to honor the forest in the America the Beautiful Series, and is available on Silver.com.
- 31st coin in the ATB Series! Colorized by private entity.
- Ships in presentation packaging, including certificate of authenticity.
- Consists of five troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of $.25 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Honors Shawnee National Forest. Represents the state of Illinois.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt spearheaded the Civilian Conservation Corps’ efforts to employ Americans during the Great Depression. At this point in time, the area encompassing the Shawnee Hills suffered from deforestation and exhaustion from decades of farming. It was announced as a federally protected region in September 1939, and honors Illinois in the ATB Series.
America the Beautiful is a 56-coin series from the United States Mint honoring national forests, parks, and monuments throughout the country. Each state or jurisdiction appears in the series based upon the timing of its representative park, forest, or monument’s adoption as a federal landmark. The series began in 2010 and is scheduled through 2021, with the earliest parks featured in the beginning of the ATB Series.
On the reverse of this coin you’ll find the image of camel rock within the Shawnee National Forest. This design has been brilliantly colorized to add real-world hues and bright tones to the coin’s design.
The obverse features no changes to the design. The left-profile portrait of President George Washington is depicted on this side, and matches the design used on the American circulation quarter.
America the Beautiful coins are produced by the United States Mint at its Philadelphia Mint or Denver Mint facility. However, these colorized coins were created by Emporium Hamburg in Germany, as the US Mint does not colorize any of its coins.
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