Part of the United States’ America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin program, the 5-oz 2011 Chickasaw celebrates the famous Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma, named after the Chickasaw Indian Nation.
This coin contains five ounces of .999 fine silver, fully guaranteed by the United States government and minted at the Philadelphia and Denver locations of the U.S. Mint. It is also IRA eligible. Its limited production also marks this design as one of the rarer coins in the ATB series. With its 4.064 mm thickness and 76.2 mm (or 3 inches) diameter, its size stands out in any coin collection.
As with all America the Beautiful coins, face value is a mere $0.25. Obviously, the rarity, purity, uncirculated status, and designs of these coins make them vastly more valuable to collectors and investors.
On its obverse (front) side, the Chickasaw features William Cousins’ updated version of John Flanagan’s infamous 1932 portrayal of George Washington with the same “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR” inscriptions.
Its reverse (back) portrays a scene from its titular name. Commissioned by the U.S. government, Donna Weaver depicts the limestone Lincoln Bridge in Chickasaw National Park. A “V” of mitigating birds flies overhead, with mixed hardwood trees filling in the background. Inscriptions include “CHICKASAW” at the top, along with “OKLAHOMA,” “2011,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” around the bottom.
About the America the Beautiful silver coin series
The America the Beautiful (ATB) program, initiated under the passage of America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, broke the mold for U.S. Mint bullion coin offerings. For the first time, starting in 2010, this series would include 5-oz silver bullion coins. Previously, only 1-oz options came out of the Mint. The series will end in 2021 and includes 56 different coins. The Chickasaw is the 10th of these.
- Weight of 5 troy ounces of pure silver
- .999 purity
- Part of limited America the Beautiful series, 10th in series, with 48,700 total minted
- Fully backed by the United States government
- Face value of $0.25