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America the Beautiful is a commemorative coin series honoring the national parks, national forests, and historic monuments found across the United States. The series is the successor of the state quarters program that first introduced unique designs representing each state on the reverse side of the American circulation quarter. Right now, the 2015 ATB Silver Coins are available on Silver.com.
In 1999, the United States Mint introduced the state quarters program. These circulation coins featured a special designs representing a park, forest, or monument from each of the 50 US states. No changes were made to the standard quarter for this program which ran from 1999 to 2008. An additional program was launched in 2009 honoring Washington DC and the nation’s overseas territories.
America the Beautiful is a different series altogether. Each ATB Silver coin features 5 oz of .999 pure silver, and is five times the size of a standard quarter. While both state quarters and the ATB Silver coin have a face value of $.25 (USD), are considered legal tender, and share an obverse design, the ATB Silver Coin is not meant for release into circulation.
Congress authorized the ATB Silver Coin with passage of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. The 56-coin series is designed to represent all 50 US states, the five overseas territories of Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as the federal district of Washington DC.
Each year the United States Mint will release five new coin designs honoring different locations across the country. In order to set the ATB Silver Coin apart from state quarters in the minds of investors and collectors, the US Mint selected new sites for each of the jurisdictions in America. Only three states were represented by the same site, though the designs were new. The repeat representatives were the Grand Canyon (Arizona), Yosemite National Park (California), and Mount Rushmore (South Dakota).
The site-selection process was a collaborative effort between federal government agencies, state representatives, and civilian coin design groups. The Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of the Interior, and the governor or chief executive of each jurisdiction partook in the selection process, with civilian coin designers providing additional insight into the design chosen for each state. In the end, the Secretary of the Treasury has the power to approve or deny the final design.
While the reverse side of each ATB silver Coin features a unique design, the obverse side is the same on every coin. The common image of President George Washington is featured in left-profile relief, surrounded by the engravings “United States of America,” “Liberty,” and “In God We Trust,” as well as the face value of the coin. John Flanagan designed the image of President Washington featured on US quarters in 1932 based upon a 1786 sculpture created by William Cousins.
Silver.com is proud to offer each of the 2015 ATB Silver coins produced by the United States Mint. As with all other years, there are five new coin designs available in 2015, and the states represented include the following:
While Silver.com offers many 2015 ATB Silver Coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition, there are also certified coins available. Each certified coin has been graded by either the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation or the Professional Coin Grading Service, the two most respected certification companies in the world. Common terms you’ll encounter in our product descriptions include:
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