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All America The Beautiful silver coins have the same obverse design, but differing designs on the reverse side. The reverse side features imagery from a national park, national forest, or monument from various sites throughout the country.
On the obverse 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.
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 the release of each state or territories representative coin is generally 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:
In the second year of the ATB series, the U.S. Mint released coins representing the following states and places:
The following describes the five new coins introduced as part of the 2012 ATB Silver coin series:
As with previous release years in the ATB series, the 2013 ATB releases each represented a new jurisdiction from the United States. The coins introduced as part of the 2013 ATB Silver Coin series include:
For the fifth production year, the United States Mint released five new coin designs. States represented in the 2014 ATB Silver coin series include:
The 2015 ATB Silver coin releases represent some of the biggest monuments and historical places in the United States, including the first and only depiction in the series of a national roadway! The coins included in the 2015 series of the ATB program are featured below:
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:
The highlight of the 2017 ATB silver series is the inclusion of the District of Columbia. It is one of six non-state regions represented in the America the Beautiful collection. Design features include the following descriptions:
The coins in the 2018 ATB Silver Collection 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 feature some of the most beautiful shorelines and ecosystems in the United States. The 2018 ATB Silver Series includes the following:
10th Year ATB Silver – 2019 ATB Silver Coins
For the 10th year of the America the Beautiful Collection, the United States Mint takes collectors and investors outside of the continental United States for two of the design releases. Two more US overseas territories make their debut in the collection with the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam featuring early in the 2019 release schedule. The designs in this collection include:
The 2020 ATB release year is significant in the America the Beautiful collection. With the series winding to a close in 2021, the 2020 ATB Silver Coin release marks the last time five fresh designs will be available as the 2021 schedule includes only one coin, the release for Alabama. Included in the 2020 ATB Silver Series are the following designs:
The America the Beautiful collection is currently scheduled to run through 2021, and will represent in total all 50 US states.
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):
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.
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:
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.
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.
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