The latest coin introduced by the United States Mint in the ATB Series represents the state of Illinois. Located in America’s heartland, Illinois isn’t often associated with vast, wide-open spaces. Shawnee National Forest sits across five counties in southern Illinois, and represents the state on the America the Beautiful quarter series. Today, the 2016 5 oz Silver ATB Shawnee National Forest coin is available on Silver.com with NGC certification.
- First release of 2016 and 31st overall in the ATB Series.
- Ships in a plastic slab to protect the coin’s condition.
- Consists of five troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of $.25 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Graded Mint State 69 ER by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Available with a Deeply-mirrored, proof-like finish.
- Represents the state of Illinois.
- Honors Shawnee National Forest.
Although the region of Shawnee National Forest has long been home to some of the largest tracts of forested land in the state, some of the lands within the largest parcel of federal land in the state were once used for farming. By the 1930s, that land had been exhausted and mismanaged. The Civilian Conservation Corps under President Franklin D. Roosevelt led the charge in replanting trees and rebuilding the soil to prevent future erosion.
All 2016 5 oz Silver ATB Shawnee National Forest coins in this product listing are available as near-perfect specimens. The grade of MS69 from the NGC indicates a coin that exhibits its full, original mint luster and also a maximum of two minor detracting flaws on the surface.
Each of these coins is unique in that they bear a DPL designation. This indicates a bullion coin with a deeply-mirrored, proof-like finish on the surface. Coins might feature deeply-mirrored backgrounds, matte design sets, and/or sharper edges.
The reverse side of the coin bears the image of Shawnee National Forest, and includes imagery that looks upward at the camelback rock formation as an eagle flies overhead. Engravings on this face include the state of issue and the park represented.
On the obverse is the common image found on all ATB coins and circulation American quarters, that of President George Washington. This left-profile portrait has featured on American quarters since 1932 when John Flanagan refined it from a 1786 bust of the president done by William Cousins.
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