The Silver 5-oz ATB 2016 Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Coin represents the state of Kentucky and honors the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. The coin contains 5 oz of 0.999 pure silver, and it’s the second coin released in the 2016 ATB series. It retains the standard dimensions like the rest of the ATB silver quarter series.
The reverse side of the coin features the image of an early settler with a long rifle in hand, looking out over the Cumberland Gap. The nickname “The First Doorway to the West” is engraved into the design, highlighting the importance of the Cumberland Gap in American history. It also includes the engravings of the featured state, year of issue, and the old Latin U.S. motto “E Pluribus Unum.”
The obverse side features John Flanagan’s left-profile portrait of the first elected U.S. president, George Washington. It was designed in 1932 and introduced by Congress as a replacement to the Standing Liberty quarter. It also features the standard engravings of the official U.S. motto “In God We Trust,” along with the foundational basis of the United States, the word “Liberty.”
About the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
The Appalachian Mountains, also known as the Appalachians, are a large system of mountains in eastern North America. The Appalachian chain acts as a barrier to east-west travel because it forms a series of alternating ridgelines and valleys which were especially hard to navigate through for early settlers.
The Cumberland Gap is a pass through the long ridge of the Cumberland Mountains, within the Appalachian Mountains. It’s famous for playing an important role as a key passageway in American colonial history through the Appalachians, also known as part of the Wilderness Road and the original doorway to the West in America. It was brought to the attention of settlers by a Virginian explorer, Thomas Walker in 1750.
The path was used by a team of frontiersmen led by Daniel Boone, which made it more accessible to pioneers who used it to journey into the western frontiers of Kentucky and Tennessee. Today it’s part of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
*We pack individual coins in plastic sleeves for protection before shipping. If you order 10+ of the same coin, we’ll secure them in protective tubes before shipping.
- 32nd design in America the Beautiful Series, and the second ATB series coin released in 2016
- Iconic image of George Washington originally designed by John Flanagan
- One of the largest silver bullion coins ever issued by the United States Mint
- Face value of $0.25 (USD) backed by the United States.
- Mintage limited to 75,000 5 oz silver bullion coins
- Contains 5 oz of 0.999 fine silver
- Coin quality is guaranteed by the U.S. Mint