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2017 America the Beautiful Coins

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2017 America the Beautiful Coins

The America the Beautiful coin program from the United States Mint has been impressive since its introduction in 2010. Following up on the success of the state quarters program released on circulation currency in the 1990s, America the Beautiful coins have seen increased demand with each new set of coins released. As with each new year, there are five new coin designs available for the 2017 Silver ATB Coin program, expanding upon the beauty and variety of an already diverse program from the United States Mint.

The 2017 Silver ATB Designs

Now in its 8th year of availability, the ATB collection for the 2017 schedule crisscrosses much of the American heartland, and is highlighted by the inclusion of the nation’s capital city of Washington D.C. For the 2017 release of Silver America the Beautiful coins, you’ll find the following states or territories represented in the program (in order of release):

  • Iowa: The Effigy Mounds National Monument is a federally protected area in the state of Iowa, in Allamakee and Clayton Counties, that preserves more than 200 prehistoric mounds built by various Native American tribes. The mounds have various shapes, with the most common including bears and birds, and were built during the first millennium.
  • Washington DC: The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is located in Washington D.C. and is administered by the National Park Service. The site preserves the home and estate of Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist and prominent African American in 19th century America.
  • Missouri: The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is an 80,000 acre park located in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. The park protects the Current and Jacks Forks rivers in the area. It not only provides protection to the abundant plant and animal species in the area, but also provides clean recreational options for Americans, of which canoeing the rivers is the most popular past time.
  • New Jersey: The penultimate release of 2017 honors Ellis Island and represents New Jersey in the ATB Series. Ellis Island is actually just one part of the larger Statue of Liberty National Monument complex run by the U.S. National Park Service. Comprised of two islands, the national monument includes Liberty Island with the famed Statue of Liberty reaching her torch high into the sky as a light for the oppressed people of the world. On neighboring Ellis Island, the main building of the former immigration complex was the busiest immigration center on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Between 1892 and 1954 when the complex was active, an estimated 12 million immigrants came to the US through the immigration processing center on Ellis Island.
  • Indiana: On the banks of the Wabash River in Vincennes, Indiana sits the site believed to be home to Fort Sackville. Originally the site was a trading post established by Sieur Juchereau, Lieutenant General of Montreal in 1702. It was renamed Fort Sackville in 1766 by British Lt. John Ramsey after he took control of the settlement and built up the fort in the name of George Germain, Lord Sackville. Today, the site is known as George Rogers Clark National Historical Park after Lt. Col. Rogers Clark who led American forces in a siege on the fort in 1779. The brother of William Clark, he defeated the British forces under British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and captured the fort, which remained in American hands throughout the remainder of the Revolution.

Background on the Silver ATB Series

The America the Beautiful coin series from the United States Mint was inspired by a temporary alteration made to the nation’s circulation quarters in the late 20th century. In an effort to call attention to and celebrate the uniqueness of each US state, the Mint redesigned the reverse side of the nation’s 25-cent pieces to feature a different cultural or heritage site from each of the 50 states.

Known as the state quarters, these coins were produced from 1999 to 2008. They were so popular among Americans that the Mint followed it up with a District of Columbia and US Territories quarter series. Recognizing the demand for collectible coins honoring each state, Congress passed the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. This bill authorized the United States Mint to produce a series of collectible silver coins inspired by the state quarters, but altogether different in a number of important ways.

Status of Silver ATB Coins

The Silver America the Beautiful Coins represent a 56-coin series that honors the national parks, national forests, and historical monuments from across the United States. ATB coins are released by the United States Mint on a five-coin schedule. The program debuted in 2010, and will feature five new coin designs representing a different location and jurisdiction each time. The ATB Silver Coins are scheduled for striking through 2021.

ATB Silver Coins represent each of the 50 states in the US, as well as the federal district of Washington DC, and the nation’s five overseas territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Under the guidelines of the ATB Silver Coin program, the Secretary of the Treasury has the power to extend the program through 2033.

America the Beautiful coins feature unique reverse designs representative of a different national park or national forest for each jurisdiction. The site selection process for the ATB Silver Coins was a collaborative effort that followed a five-step guide. The US Mint initiated the selection process through contact with the governor or chief executive of each jurisdiction, asking for four potential sites to represent the state/territory (one preferred, three ranked alternatives).

After the US Mint reviewed recommendations from all 56 jurisdictions, the Mint consulted the Secretary of the Interior for appropriateness of the chosen site based upon historical and natural significance. Assuming the Secretary of the Interior approved of the sites, the Mint moved forward with the creation of designs for the coins.

Features of the Silver ATB Series

Each Silver ATB Coin contains .999 fine silver, with a face value of $.25 (USD). The Silver ATB Coins have a total weight of 5 oz., are significantly larger than circulation quarters, and are not used for settling personal and private debts as they are worth much more than their legal-tender face value.

The main similarity between the coins is the obverse design. Like circulation quarters, all Silver ATB Coins share a common obverse design that has been standard on American 25-cent pieces for over 80 years. The left-profile portrait of President George Washington is featured on this side, along with the engravings “United States of America,” “Liberty,” and “In God We Trust.” You will also find the face value of the coins, “Quarter Dollar,” engraved on this side, along with the mint mark in some cases.

History of the United States Mint

With passage of the Coinage Act of 1792, the United States Mint was formed to produce circulation coinage for the newly-formed United States of America. The US Mint has come a long way from the days of using horse, oxen, and men to power its coining presses. As of 2015, the United States Mint has the capacity to produce as many as 28 billion coins annually.

The modern United States Mint consists of four primary coining facilities: San Francisco Mint, Denver Mint, Philadelphia Mint, and West Point Mint. The gold depository is considered a part of the US Mint system, as is the Mint’s headquarters in Washington D.C. Former US Mint facilities include branch locations in Carson City, Nevada, Charlotte, North Carolina, Dahlonega, Georgia, New Orleans, Louisiana, Washington DC, and Manila, Philippines.

Its most popular product today, without question, is the American Eagle gold and silver coin program, which consists of bullion, proof, and burnished versions coveted by investors and collectors alike.

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