America The Beautiful Coin Series
America is a land of great diversity, both in its people and its natural environments. With more than 230 years of history exploring, developing, and protecting natural environments across the country, the United States Mint honors the national parks, national forests, and historic monuments that commemorate the diversity of America’s impressive landscape. JM Bullion is proud to carry the full selection of America the Beautiful coins available from the United States Mint.
Design Aspects of America the Beautiful Silver Coins
All silver coins from the America the Beautiful collection on JM Bullion have the same obverse design, but not the same reverse. As each coin is representative of a particular jurisdiction within the country, the reverse side features imagery from a national park, national forest, or monument found only in that particular area.
Design sets featured on the reverse side of each coin were selected using a collaborative decision-making process. The governor or chief executive of each jurisdiction consulted with the US Department of the Interior, the Secretary of the Treasury, the US Commission of Fine Arts, and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. Although all parties were given a say in the design and location, the Secretary of the Treasury held the right to approve all final designs.
On the reverse side of each coin is the standard left-profile portrait image of President George Washington found on circulation quarters. The image of the president was created in 1932 by artist John Flanagan, but was based upon an original bust of President Washington created in 1786 by William Cousins. Standard phrases and mottos such as “United States of America” and “In God We Trust” are featured on this side, along with the face value of the coin.
Initial Release of ATB Silver – 2010 ATB Silver Coins
America the Beautiful kicked off in 2010 with the release of the first five designs in the series. There are five new designs released each year by the United States Mint in this beautiful silver collection, and generally speaking the release of each state or territories representative coin is based upon the order in which those monuments, parks, or forests were adopted as federally protected and recognized lands.
The five states represented in the 2010 ATB Silver coin series include Arkansas, Wyoming, California, Arizona, and Oregon. The designs featured on each coin breakdown as follows:
- Arkansas: The very first coin in the ATB Series, the Arkansas quarter honors the Hot Springs National Park. The park was established on April 20, 1832/
- Wyoming: As you might expect, Yellowstone National Park was chosen to represent Wyoming on the ATB quarter series. Established on March 1, 1872, the park is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations.
- California: Yosemite National Park represents California on the ATB Silver series. The park is another of the nation’s top tourist destinations, and was established on October 1, 1890.
- Arizona: One of the three coin’s to feature a reused image from the circulation State Quarters series, Arizona is represented by the Grand Canyon. Stretching 18 miles across at its widest, and plunging one mile at its deepest, the park was established on February 20, 1893.
- Oregon: The final coin of the 2010 ATB Silver Coin series, Oregon is represented by Mt. Hood National Forest. The forest in Oregon was established as a US Forest Service protection area on September 26, 1893.
2nd Year ATB Silver – 2011 ATB Silver Coins
In just the second year of the ATB series, the Mint released coins representing the following states and places:
- Pennsylvania: The first coin released in the 2011 series featured stoic images from Gettysburg National Military Park. The site of America’s bloodiest battle ever, this coin commemorates the battlefield, which was established as a national park on February 11, 1895.
- Montana: Glacier National Park is one of the most spectacular in the lower 48 states. The area was established as a national park on February 22, 1897.
- Washington: Olympic National Park is home to Mount Olympia, one of the highest peaks in the lower 48 states. The mountain and its surrounding environment were established as a protected park on the same day as Glacier National Park in 1897.
- Mississippi: Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates one of the Civil War’s most significant turning points. Following a 47-day siege by Union forces, Vicksburg, MS and its Confederate defenders fell to the Union. Following Confederate defeat in Vicksburg, the Union took control of the Mississippi River and split the Confederacy in two.
- Oklahoma: Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a unique environment within the otherwise dry, arid state of Oklahoma. Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the banks of quiet rivers and enjoy picnics in the shade of the area’s many trees. The region was established as a federally protected area on July 1, 1902.
3rd Year ATB Silver – 2012 ATB Silver Coins
Yet again, five new designs are available for both investors and collectors in this beautiful series. The following is a breakdown of the new coins introduced as part of the 2012 ATB Silver coin series:
- Puerto Rico: The first coin of the 2012 series is also the first coin to represent a territory of the US. El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest found in US territory. The area was originally established as a protected area by the ruling Spanish, but recognized by American officials on January 17, 1903 following annexation of the island after the Spanish-American War.
- New Mexico: The Chaco Ravine in New Mexico was once a cultural hub for numerous Southwestern tribes, and today its brilliant clay pueblos remain as a testimony of the area’s former glory. Chaco Culture National Historic Park was established on March 11, 1907.
- Maine: Acadia National Park is home to the highest peak in the Eastern United States. Established as a park on July 8, 1916, the park is home to a variety of different environments, from towering peaks to rocky coastlines.
- Hawaii: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes, drawing millions of visitors each year to this island state. The park was established as a protective zone on August 1, 1916.
- Alaska: Denali National Park and Reserve is home to Denali, otherwise known as Mount McKinley, which is the highest peak in the United States and North America. The preserve was set aside as protected land on February 26, 1917.
4th Year ATB Silver – 2013 ATB Silver Coins
As with all previous release years in the ATB series, the each new ATB silver coin from the 2013 release represented a new jurisdiction from the United States. The coins introduced as part of the 2013 ATB Silver Coin series include:
- New Hampshire: White Mountain National Forest was established as a protectorate of the US Forest Service on May 16, 1918. The park covers 750,852 acres of land in eastern New Hampshire, with 5% of the park’s ground actually falling in Maine.
- Ohio: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry led an overmatched US naval force against the British Navy in the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. His victory held the British at bay, keeping them out of America’s interior. The park and International Peace Memorial honoring lasting peace between the US, UK, and Canada, was established on March 3, 1919.
- Nevada: The Great Basin Park National Park in Nevada was established on January 24, 1922. Its famous resident is the bristlecone pine, which is featured on the reverse-side design.
- Maryland: As Francis Scott Key watched the British naval bombardment of Fort. McHenry during the War of 1812, he penned what would become the national anthem of the United States. The battle at Fort McHenry was a turning point in the war, as the young US Army withstood the British attack. The fort was established as a protected site on March 3, 1925.
- South Dakota: In the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota, the faces of four of America’s greatest presidents were carved into a craggy rock face following World War I. The Mount Rushmore design used on the ATB series is the same as that from the state quarters series, one of just three designs recycled from that program.
5th Year ATB Silver – 2014 ATB Silver Coins
For the fifth production year, the United States Mint unveiled five new coin designs. Mintage levels in 2014 reached new heights, in some cases doubling the mintage levels of coin designs from previous years. States represented in the 2014 ATB Silver coin series include:
- Tennessee: Great Smokey Mountains National Park honors the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains in the Eastern United States. Running from New York down to the northern reaches of Alabama, one of the most beautiful stretches of the Appalachians is found in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. The park was established on May 22, 1926.
- Virginia: Shenandoah National Park offers stunning vistas, beautiful forests, and captivating images of the Shenandoah River. The park was established on May 22, 1926.
- Utah: Arches National Park is home to some of the most unique geological formations in the United States. The local area features a large, underground sand deposit that has slowly eroded, leaving freestanding sandstone arches that are a marvel to behold. The park was established April 12, 1929.
- Colorado: In a state known for the majestic Rocky Mountains, it was the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve chosen for the ATB Silver Coin series. The park was established on March 17, 1932.
- Florida: Everglades National Park is known across the country as one of the largest swamps in the United States. The area is home to beautiful birds, countless fish species, deadly alligators, and even poisonous snakes. It was established on May 30, 1934.
6th Year ATB Silver – 2015 ATB Silver Coins
The 2015 ATB Silver coin releases represent some of the biggest monuments and historical places in the United States, including the first and only inclusion in the series of a national roadway! The details of the coins included in the 2015 series of the ATB program are featured below:
- Nebraska: Homestead National Monument of America. Located in the southeastern corner of the state, this monument honors the first tract of land claimed by an American citizen following passage of the Homestead Act by President Lincoln’s administration. The monument was approved on March 19, 1936.
- Louisiana: Well known for its bayous in the south, the Kisatchie National Forest in the northern stretches of the state includes some of the oldest rock formations in the state, as well as longleaf pine trees. The area was offered protected status on June 3, 1936.
- North Carolina: One of the only coins in the series not to feature a national park or forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a highway that stretches more than 400 miles through the Appalachian Mountains, and connects North Carolina through the mountains to its neighboring state of Virginia.
- Delaware: Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located on Delaware Bay along the eastern coast of Kent County. It covers 15,978 acres of land, and was established as a protective region in 1937 under the administration of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
- New York: The final coin released in 2015 honors Saratoga National Historical Park. IT was here in 1777 that the Colonial Army struck its first major blow to the British Army during the American Revolutionary War. American victory in Saratoga convinced France to recognize an independent America, and was the first time a major British division surrendered.
7th Year ATB Silver – 2016 ATB Silver Coins
In 2016, the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Silver collection highlighted the states of Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Dakota, and South Carolina. The representative designs feature images of the following states and locations:
- Illinois: Established as a federally protected region on September 6, 1939, Shawnee National Forest covers 265,616 acres of land in southern Illinois. The land used to establish the Shawnee National Forest was acquired through Illini and Shawnee Purchase Units under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, the president’s Civilian Conservation Corps planted pine trees throughout the region to prevent erosion and rebuild the top soil as the region had been depleted by generations of farming.
- Kentucky: The Cumberland Gap was America’s first open passageway to the inland regions of the United States, and eventually the West Coast. Established as a protected historical park on June 11, 1940, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park covers a relatively small 20,508 acres, but holds a significant place in American history. Early Native American tribes used the Cumberland Gap as a fertile hunting ground as numerous migratory species moved through the region from north to south on an annual basis.
- West Virginia: Harpers Ferry, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers in West Virginia, was at the heart of many important occurrences in American history from the Revolutionary War to the first shots of the Civil War. Robert Harper purchased the land on the peninsula from Virginia’s legislature in 1752, establishing a ferry business on the land. Following the Revolutionary War, George Washington established a national armory on the site to use waterpower from the rivers for manufacturing. Most importantly in American history, John Brown led a group of abolitionists on a raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859 to capture arms stored there, hand them to slaves, and help overthrow slavery through force in the South.
- North Dakota: North Dakota doesn’t often capture the imagination of the nation, but it did captivate the mind of the original Rough Rider, Theodore Roosevelt. The future President of the United States first visited North Dakota during a bison hunt in September 1883. From that original visit, he was in love with the rusted nature and wide-open spaces of North Dakota. What started as a $14,000 investment in a ranch near Medora, North Dakota, eventually grew to become a 70,446 acre national park.
- South Carolina: Fort Moultrie is a part of the 171-year history of American East Coast sea defenses that guarded the fledgling nation from the early threats of the British Navy during the Revolutionary War, all the way through to the close of World War II. Fort Moultrie was the first major piece in the series, guarding the port city of Charleston, South Carolina.
8th Year ATB Silver – 2017 ATB Silver Coins
The highlight of the 2017 ATB silver series is the inclusion of the District of Columbia, the federally controlled district known as Washington DC that houses the seat of power in the United States. It is one of six non-state regions represented in the America the Beautiful collection. Design features include the following descriptions:
- 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.
9th Year ATB Silver – 2018 ATB Silver Coins
The coins in the 2018 ATB Silver Collection are unique in their singular focus on various shorelines throughout the United States. Whether it’s the national seashore in Georgia or the vast coastlines of the Great Lakes chain, the 2018 America the Beautiful Coins take investors and collectors on a stroll along some of the most beautiful shorelines and ecosystems in the United States. In the 2018 ATB Silver Series, you’ll find:
- Michigan: The 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the first release of 2018 and highlights the beauty of the US National Lakeshore along the banks of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The park gets its name from the colorful sandstone cliffs near Munising, Michigan which reach as high as 200 feet above the lake. Within these rocks, you’ll find a variety of shallow caves, arches, and formations that resemble figures including castle turrets and human figures.
- Wisconsin: The 2018 Apostle Islands National Lake Shire coin keeps you on the banks of Lake Superior. Set along 69,372 acres of shoreline and 21 islands, the Apostle Islands are on the northern tip of Wisconsin and include a collection of historic lighthouses, sandstone sea caves, and some of the oldest old-growth remnant forests in the US.
- Minnesota: The Land of 10,000 Lakes makes a fitting appearance in this water-themed 2018 issue with the 2018 Voyageurs National Park coin. The park is in the far northern reaches of Minnesota near the town of International Falls, which itself sits just across the border from Canada. The park was named for the French-Canadian fur traders who voyaged through the countless waterways of Minnesota and lower Canada plying their trade. Much of the park is only accessible via boat during the summer, with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing popular with winter visitors.
- Georgia: The only national seashore in the collection, the 2018 Cumberland Island National Seashore coin is a park in southern Georgia along the Atlantic coast which preserves most of Cumberland Island, Georgia, which is the largest of the Golden Isles in the state. Cumberland Island National Seashore has a dense diversity of coastal flora and fauna, with some 23 distinct ecological communities.
- Rhode Island: The 2018 Block Island National Wildlife Refuge is the fifth and final release in 2018. This coin celebrates the vital habitat for wildlife, particularly migratory birds, that exists offshore on picturesque Block Island. The island itself is situated south from Rhode Island’s coast and east from New York’s Long Island. More than 70 species of migratory songbirds visit the island each fall.
Upcoming ATB Silver Coins
The America the Beautiful collection is currently scheduled to run through 2021, and will represent in total all 50 US states. Included in the collection will be the five overseas territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Marianas, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands. Additionally, Washington DC is included in that list. To date, only Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have appeared in the series.
In the upcoming release years of the series you’ll find the following states/territories represented in the collection along with their selected historical landmark (in order by year of release):
- Massachusetts – Lowell National Historical Park (2019)
- Northern Marianas Islands – American Memorial Park (2019)
- Guam – War in the Pacific National Historical Park (2019)
- Texas – San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (2019)
- Idaho – Frank-Church River of No Return Wilderness (2019)
- American Samoa – National Park of American Samoa (2020)
- Connecticut – Weir Farm National Historic Site (2020)
- US Virgin Islans – Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (2020)
- Vermont – Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (2020)
- Kansas – Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (2020)
- Alabama – Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (2021)
Foundation of the ATB Series
America the Beautiful coins have their roots in the 50 State Quarters program from the United States Mint. Authorized in December 1997 and released for the first time in 1999, this coin series featured a unique design on the reverse side of circulation quarters. There was no change to the metal content or size of the standard American 25-cent piece, but there was a special location selected to represent each of the 50 states in the Union.
Following the immense success and popularity of the circulation commemorative program, the US Mint opted to release a Territories and DC program representing Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as Washington DC. In 2008, it was determined that a special bullion coin series was in order to capitalize on the popularity of the circulation coins.
Background on the ATB Series
ATB Silver coins were authorized by Congress in 2008 with passage of America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act. Unlike the previous 50 State Quarters program, the ATB Silver coin series called for serious alterations to the appearance of the coins in question to create a unique product. The state quarters placed unique images on the reverse of standard 25-cent pieces, while ATB Coins are struck on brand-new blanks.
The America the Beautiful quarters contain .999 pure silver with a total weight of 5 oz. The coins were struck in both uncirculated versions for collectors and exhibitors, and bullion for investors. There are a handful of important differences between the two versions. You can tell the two coins apart by looking for the following features:
- On the obverse side of uncirculated coins you’ll find a “P” mint mark below the motto “In God We Trust.” This mark identifies the Philadelphia Mint as the point of origin for the coins. Bullion coins have no mint marks.
- Uncirculated coins have a matte finish that is achieved through vapor blasting after the coins are minted. On the other hand, bullion coins have a mirror-like finish.
- Uncirculated coins ship in individual plastic capsules, placed inside of a presentation box, and are shipped with a certificate of authenticity. Bullion coins ship in the same plastic capsules, mint tubes of 10 coins, or Monster Boxes of 100 coins (10 total tubes).
The vast majority of the new coins in the ATB program featured all-new designs on the reverse side for each of the 50 states. Only Arizona, California, and South Dakota featured images representative of the same locations as used on the state quarters program, however the specific designs of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, and Mount Rushmore (respectively) were different.
Also, while the state quarters and territories quarters were separate programs, America the Beautiful is a 56-coin program that consists of five new design releases each year. The total program consists of one coin for each of the 50 US states, the five territories mentioned earlier, and the federal district in Washington DC. The coins were first released in 2010, with five new coins released annually through 2021. The Secretary of the Treasury has been given the power to extend the program through 2033 if deemed necessary.
Selection of the Designs
America the Beautiful coin designs for the reverse were chosen through a collaborative selection process between the US Mint, the chief executive of each jurisdiction, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Secretary of the Treasury. The governor of each state or chief executive of a territory was tasked with submitting four total locations, in order of preferred location down to relevant alternatives. The Secretary of the Treasury then determined the appropriate location based upon its historical relevance, both nationally and locally.
On the obverse side of every America the Beautiful coin you’ll find the left-profile image of President George Washington. This image was refined in 1932 by John Flanagan and based upon an original 1786 bust of Washington completed by William Cousins. It has appeared on the obverse of American quarters for more than 80 years now, and remains on the America the Beautiful coin series.
Buying America the Beautiful Silver Coins from JM Bullion
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