Famously the site of the bloodiest Civil War battle, Pennsylvania’s Gettysburg National Military Park was selected as the location to be depicted on the sixth coin in this series. These coins weigh five troy ounces of pure .999 fine silver and are eligible for precious metal IRAs, similar to the Silver Eagle series. This makes them popular with collectors, investors, and history enthusiasts.
The Gettysburg coin’s obverse (front) side features a restored version of John Flanagan’s famous portrait of George Washington from the 1932 Washington quarter.
The reverse (back) shows the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument located at Cemetery Ridge. This design was created specifically for this coin by the master coin designer and artist Joel Iskowitz. This is the first of several he designed in the series. He also contributed the reverse images of the Arizona and District of Columbia coins in the previous 50 State Quarters series. Inscribed on this side going clockwise is “PENNSYLVANIA,” “GETTYSBURG,” E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “2011,” the year it was released.
Like the rest in this series, the silver 5-oz 2011 Gettysburg coin carries a face value of 25 cents, despite its diameter of three inches (compared to just 0.75 inches for a quarter) and its vastly more valuable quantity of silver. This makes it a remarkable and distinct addition to any collection.
About the America the Beautiful series
After the huge success of the 50 State Quarters Program, depicting all 50 states on the tails side of circulated quarters between 1999 and 2008, the U.S. Mint decided to go a step further. After the passage of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, The U.S. Mint started issuing five new five-ounce silver coins featuring a different national park or historic location in America.
- Weight of 5 troy ounces of pure silver
- Purity of .999
- Part of limited ATB program, 6th in series
- Fully backed by United States government
- Mintage limited to 126,700