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2021 America the Beautiful Coins
One Final Design – 2021 ATB Silver for Sale at Silver.com
Introduced in 2010, the America the Beautiful bullion series of silver for sale offers something for investors and collectors representing all jurisdictions of the United States of America. The series was inspired by the State Quarters circulation program introduced in the 1990s, but offers the largest format for bullion design among American coins. The 5 oz silver coins present each of the designs in beautiful relief. With five coin designs available each year, the 2021 Silver ATB release is the final design of the collection and the only year in which just one design will be released. Read on to learn more about the final design in the series and recap the decade-long series.
2021 Tuskegee Design
Just one state is represented in the final date mark of Silver ATB Coins. Alabama features last in the collection as its representative site, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, was the most recent to be established as a federally-protected site in 1998. On the reverse side of the 2021 5 oz Silver ATB Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Coins, you will find a depiction of a member of the all African-American Tuskegee Airmen flight crews preparing to fly. He has put on his flight suit and is strapping on his helmet as Hangar One at Moton Field is featured in the background. A pair of P-51 Mustangs, the definitive American fighter aircraft of the late stages of the war, fly overhead in the background. On this side of the coin are inscriptions of “Tuskegee Airmen,” “Alabama,” “2021,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and “They Fought Two Wars.”
The obverse face of the 2021 5 oz Silver ATB Coins includes the long-running portrait of President George Washington. In 1932, John Flanagan created a bust of Washington in left-profile relief for use on the circulating US Quarter. The portrait of Washington that Flanagan created in 1932 was based on 1786 bust of Washington sculpted by Jean-Antoine Houdon, a French neoclassical sculptor. The image used on the ATB bullion coins is modified for the larger blank. It is accompanied by inscriptions of “United States of America,” “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” and “Quarter Dollar.” Burnished Silver ATB Coins also feature a “P” mint mark from the Philadelphia Mint on this face of the coin.
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site was established on November 6, 1998, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on that same day. Hangar One at Moton Field, the airfield in Tuskegee, Alabama, where African-American pilots were trained to fly for the United States Army Air Forces. Hangar One was unveiled in a grand-opening ceremony on October 10, 2008. The hangar serves as a museum offering tours that are free to the public.
2021 Options for Investors and Collectors
The new 2021 Silver ATB Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site bullion coins from the United States Mint are available as investment-grade Brilliant Uncirculated specimens and as collectible Burnished specimens. The BU coins are available from the US Mint for individual and bulk purchasing. The US Mint packages the coins by multiples of 10 and 100. Multiples of 10 are housed inside of US Mint plastic tubes, while multiples of 100 are available in Monster Boxes of 100 coins. The box features 10 individual tubes. All single coins are sold inside of protective plastic capsules.
For collectors, the Burnished Silver ATB Coin offers a touch of flair in the presentation and visual appearance of the coins. Burnished Silver ATB coins are first rolled in a drum with a polishing medium to create a clean, matte field on the 5 oz silver blanks used in this series. The blanks are removed from the drum one at a time using gloved hands, placed in the coining presses at the Philadelphia Mint, Denver Mint, and West Point Mint, and struck one time with the ATB design dies. The coins are then removed by gloved hands and packaged immediately. Burnished Silver ATB Coins are housed inside of US Mint presentation boxes with a Certificate of Authenticity and themed shipper included.
Additionally, the Silver ATB coins are available each year in a colorized version. The Colorized Silver ATB coins are BU versions of the coin finished by a third-party authorized dealer. The BU coins are purchased by the dealer and then a colorized lacquer is applied to the reverse design elements to create real-world visuals. These coins are also sold individually with presentation packaging from the third-party dealer.
Reviewing the ATB Series
Since 2010, the US Mint has issued the America the Beautiful silver coins with five designs per year. 2021 will be the only year with a single design release as the US Mint rounds-out the series. The 56 designs represent each of the 50 US states, the five overseas territories of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa, and the federal district of Washington D.C. Various types of sites have been selected for representation in this series. These include 48 units in the National Park Service that include 18 national parks, 13 national historic sites and national historical parks, 5 national monuments, 3 national lakeshores and seashores, 2 each of national military parks and national memorials, and 1 each of national recreation areas, national parkways, national preserves, and national rivers. Additionally, there are designs representing six United States Forest Service units consisting of 5 national forests and 1 national wilderness area. There were also two units of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service represented by national wildlife refuges.
What’s in the Future?
The language of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 allowed for an extension of the series through 2031 at the discretion of the Secretary of the Treasury. Though the exact future is unknown, David J. Ryder, Director of the US Mint, has stated that support exists from the Treasury Secretary to extend the program with a 10-year release of commemorative quarter designs offering new images on the reverse each year. The quarters will continue with a bust of President Washington on the obverse and plans to feature wild animals, youth sports in America, and even a special semiquincentennial coin in 2026 celebrating the nation’s 250th birthday.
Finalize Your Silver ATB Collection at Silver.com
Whatever the future brings for collectible silver quarters at the United States Mint, the Silver ATB coins are ending in 2021. Don’t miss this chance to complete your collection. Please feel free to contact Silver.com with questions when you buy silver. Our customer service team is available at 888-989-7223, online using our live chat, and through our email address.