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2016 5 oz Shawnee America The Beautiful (ATB) Silver Coin

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The Silver 5-oz ATB 2016 Shawnee National Forest Coin is the first release of the 2016 America the Beautiful series, and the 31st coin in the entire collection. The commemorative coin features the uniquely beautiful, but vast Shawnee National Forest as the representative for the state of Illinois.

The coin itself doesn’t differ from the rest of the ATB collection in the way that it consists of 5 troy ounces of 99.9% pure silver. It also bears a face value of $.25 (USD) backed by the federal government.

The reverse side of the Silver 5-oz ATB 2016 Shawnee National Forest Coin features the image of the famous Camel Rock, located in the Garden of the Gods Recreation area. Because it represents the beauty of the forest and the state of Illinois, it was chosen as the design to be featured on the ATB coin. It also features a red-tailed hawk flying over Camel Rock and the vegetation around it. The inscriptions state the featured forest, the state and date of issue, and the old Latin motto “E Pluribus Unum."

The obverse of the coin features the classic left-profile portrait of George Washington, the first elected president and one of the founding fathers. The design was introduced by Congress on the 200th anniversary of his birth in 1932, and it was created by John Flanagan. It also includes the notable ideal of “Liberty” which the first president was fond of, and the official U.S. motto “In God We Trust."

About the Shawnee National Forest

Shawnee National Forest is a United States National Forest located in the Ozark and Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois. It consists of nearly 280,000 acres of federally managed lands. Once designated as the Illini and Shawnee Purchase Units, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared them to be the Shawnee National Forest in September 1939. 

At first most of the land was exhausted farmland, but throughout the 1930s and 1940s, the Civilian Conservation Corps had planted pine trees to rebuild the soil and prevent further erosion. Much later in the 1980s and 1990s, there was an active battle for conservation and protest efforts by the local, regional, and national environmentalist groups and individuals ranging from radical to moderate and mainstream organizations. The wise use movement played an active role in lobbying its vision of the Shawnee National Forest. Today a more cooperative atmosphere has developed.

The National Forest also features interesting geographic and geologic points of interest, like the Little Grand Canyon or the artificial Cedar lake. It also includes 7 officially designated wilderness areas lying within the park that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Coin Highlights: 

  • 31st design in America the Beautiful Series, and the first 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.
  • Among the larger mintings in the series: 105,000 5 oz silver bullion coins
  • Contains 5 oz of 0.999 fine silver
  • Coin quality is guaranteed by the U.S. Mint

*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.

Product specifications
SKU 2686885834
Metal Silver
Purity 0.999
Series America The Beautiful
Product Type Coin - Bullion
Year Minted 2016
Mint U.S. Mint
Country United States
Mint type Government
Grade BU
Weight 5 oz
Thickness 4.064 mm
IRA Eligibility Yes
Face Value/Denomination $0.25
Obverse Design John Flanagan
Reverse Design Justin Kunz
Edge Design Lettered
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