The America the Beautiful Coin series is a program created by the United States Mint to honor the beautiful national parks and other national sites located in America, as well as in the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. Since 2010, the mint has issued five America the Beautiful Coin designs each year, and will continue to do so until the very last coin from the program is released in 2021.
All coins from the series will have the same obverse design of a slightly modified version of the original portrait featured on the Washington Quarter, as well as the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and QUARTER DOLLAR. The engravings LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST are also featured on the obverse. However, as every coin represents a particular national landmark, monument or site, each of the 56 coins will have a completely unique image on their reverse side.
The US Department of the Interior, the US Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory are just some of the parties who got together to decide which reverse images would be included in the America the Beautiful Coin Series. All final designs were approved by the Secretary of the Treasury.
As previously mentioned, the United States Mint issues only five America the Beautiful Coin designs every year, starting from 2010. There is a total of 56 coins in the program, all of which boast an enormous 3-inch diameter. The coins are issued in the order in which the featured site was first established, and the final coin from the collection will be released in 2021. Below is a breakdown of the jurisdiction and designs (national site), along with the year in which each coin has been released or will appear.
Arkansas: Hot Springs National Park
Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park
California: Yosemite National Park
Arizona: Grand Canyon National Park
Oregon: Mt. Hood National Forest
Pennsylvania: Gettysburg National Military Park
Montana: Glacier National Park
Washington: Olympic National Park
Mississippi: Vicksburg National Military Park
Oklahoma: Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Puerto Rico: El Yunque National Forest
New Mexico: Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Maine: Acadia National Park
Hawaii: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Alaska: Denali National Park and Preserve
New Hampshire: White Mountain National Forest
Ohio: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
Nevada: Great Basin National Park
Maryland: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
South Dakota: Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Tennessee: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Virginia: Shenandoah National Park
Utah: Arches National Park
Colorado: Great Sand Dunes National Park
Florida: Everglades National Park
Nebraska: Homestead National Monument of America
Louisiana: Kisatchie National Forest
North Carolina: Blue Ridge Parkway
Delaware: Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
New York: Saratoga National Historical Park
Illinois: Shawnee National Forest
Kentucky: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
West Virginia: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt National Park
South Carolina: Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument)
Iowa: Effigy Mounds National Monument
District of Columbia: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Missouri: Ozark National Scenic Riverways
New Jersey: Ellis Island
Indiana: George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
Michigan: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Wisconsin: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Minnesota: Voyageurs National Park
Georgia: Cumberland Island National Seashore
Rhode Island: Block Island National Wildlife Refuge
Massachusetts: Lowell National Historical Park
Northern Mariana Islands: American Memorial Park
Guam: War in the Pacific National Historical Park
Texas: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Idaho: Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
American Samoa: National Park of American Samoa
Connecticut: Weir Farm National Historic Site
U.S. Virgin Islands: Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve
Vermont: Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park
Kansas: Tallgrass Prairie National Reserve
Alabama: Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
The stunning American the Beautiful Coin series was developed after the success of the State Quarters, a special program of 25-cent pieces that went into circulation between 1999 and 2008. Unlike the resilient State Quarters that are made of a copper-nickel alloy, the America the Beautiful Coins have been designed to appeal to collectors and investors wishing to buy coins that contain .999 pure silver.
Each of the coins from both collections has a face value of 25 cents and feature the same obverse image of President George Washington. As the America the Beautiful Coins boast a 5 oz. weight, they are much larger than the circulated State Quarters and are worth more than their face value alone. The United States Mint has not only released bullion American the Beautiful Coins but also collector’s versions that feature a proof finish.
Available in two variants, America the Beautiful Coins are backed by the U.S. government and feature eye-catching reverse images that have been chosen for their beauty or historical significance. You should also be aware that American the Beautiful Coins are produced in limited quantities and, as a result, each design is snapped up quickly.
Often referred to as the ATB series, America the Beautiful Coins can be found in both circulated and uncirculated condition. All circulated bullion America the Beautiful Coins have a mirror-like finish and are considered legal tender. The uncirculated versions tend to be more popular among collectors for their attractive matte finish. Furthermore, the uncirculated (numismatic) America the Beautiful Silver Coins have a P mintmark because they are struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
Here at Capital Gold Group, we’re proud to offer you an easy and convenient way to purchase circulated or uncirculated silver bullion coins. If you’d like to add America the Beautiful Silver Coins to your collection, portfolio or precious metal IRA, please don’t hesitate to contact us.