2019 America The Beautiful 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. This series features two US overseas territories including the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam featuring early in the 2019 release schedule. The designs in the 2019 series include:
- Massachusetts: The first issue among the 2019 ATB coins from the United States Mint is the Lowell National Historical Park coin representing Massachusetts. The reverse design of coin features a woman working a power loom with the Boott Mill clock tower visible out the window in the background.
- Northern Mariana Islands: Released for the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, or the CNMI, the American Memorial Park coin is one of two World War II-themed releases in the 2019 ATB Collection. The design on the reverse depicts a young Chamorro woman gazing at the Flag Circle and Court of Honor. American Memorial Park on the island of Saipan, one of 14 in the CNMI chain, remembers the 4,000 American soldiers and local Chamorro people who sacrificed their lives during World War II to defend the island against the Japanese.
- Guam: The island of Guam is part of the CNMI, but maintains its own local government and is a separate territory of the United States. Guam is now known as the “Place Where America Starts Its Day.” The reverse of the War in the Pacific National Historical Park coin includes depictions of US forces storming the beaches during the Second Battle of Guam in 1944.
- Texas: The design on the reverse of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park coins is unique in being the only one in the series to date that borrows actual coin designs from the colonial history of America. In this case, the use of the arches, bell, and Spanish lion come from the Spanish colonial real used in Spain’s Central and North American territories. The design includes waves of water representing the San Antonio River and wheat symbolizing farming in the region.
- Idaho: On the reverse of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Coin is the image of a drift boat navigating the waters of the Salmon River. The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is the longest contiguous federally managed land area in the continental US and the second longest overall in the US behind the state-managed lands in the Adirondacks in New York.