One of the preferred circulation coins in the United States is the quarter. Bearing the image of the nation’s first president and offering the most convenient face value of any circulation coin in the US, the quarter is what every child hopes to find when they see a coin on the ground. The 2013 America the Beautiful quarter series captures the beauty of the American quarter on a 5 oz coin with a unique design to honor national parks, forests, and monuments from across the country.
The America the Beautiful quarter series borrows some of its design features from the standard circulation quarter, but is available in a 5 oz weight that dwarfs its circulation cousin. The program was launched in 2010 following congressional approval of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.
America had previously seen state- and territory-specific quarters released in the late 20th and early 21st century under the state quarters program, but this series is an entirely different set. These coins, including the 2013 ATB Silver Coins, are struck in uncirculated versions with an additional silver bullion coin that bears the same images on its obverse and reverse.
The entire America the Beautiful coin series will feature a total of 56 coins, representing each of the 50 US states, five national territories, and the District of Columbia. Each coin in the America the Beautiful series features a unique design on the reverse side that is representative of a national park, forest, or monument within the specified region. The designs chosen for the reverse side of each coin is determined by a cooperative process involving the governor or chief executive of the host jurisdiction, US Department of the Interior, and US Commission of Fine Arts.
In 2013, the United States Mint released a brand-new selection of five coins in the ATB series. As with other years, the new coins represented five different jurisdictions from across the country. The coins introduced as part of the 2013 ATB Silver Coin series include:
JM Bullion proudly offers 2013 ATB Silver Coins in brilliant uncirculated condition, as well as certified coins that have been graded by either the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation or the Professional Coin Grading Service. These two companies are the world’s preeminent coin certifiers, and a grade from either adds inherent value to any precious metal project.
For those unfamiliar with the grading process and terminology of the NGC and PCGS, the following offers a brief glimpse into the common definitions you’ll find:
Two additional terms to familiarize yourself with are deeply-mirrored and deeply-mirrored, proof-like. Although proof coins are typically the only ones to features these types of brilliant finishes, they are common on some certified 2013 ATB Silver coins.
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