The silver Tuskegee airmen coin is the final release in the 5-oz silver bullion America the Beautiful series, with 56 coins in total. This coin celebrates the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, where all African-American military pilots who fought in World War II were trained. The phrase “Tuskegee Airmen” refers most often to the 99th Pursuit Squadron, who served with great distinction across the European theater. The obverse (front) side shows John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington, while the reverse displays a Tuskegee Airman pilot putting on his gear in preparation for climbing into the cockpit for flight, while two P-51 Mustang fighter planes soar overhead.
In the background, the distinctive Moton Field control tower reminds us of the place these brave pilots trained for war. The reverse is inscribed, “THEY FOUGHT TWO WARS,” referring to the Tuskegee Airmen’s battles against fascism abroad as well as racial discrimination and prejudice at home.
The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site was originally constructed in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941, the year after a ban preventing African Americans from serving as military pilots was lifted. Over 1,000 pilots were trained for the war effort on site. The site became an official historic site in 1998.
Complete your America the Beautiful collection with this final coin in the series, #56.
About the America the Beautiful series
Each of the 56 coins in the America the Beautiful series displays a famous site to showcase the country’s beauty and history, including national parks, forests, and memorials.
The U.S. Mint issued these coins from 2010 to 2021, ending the America the Beautiful series with this Tuskegee Airmen coin. Coins are minted in Denver and Philadelphia, each with a face value of just $0.25. Of course, with five troy ounces of silver in each coin and a thriving community of investors and collectors looking to trade the coins of this limited edition series, the true value is much higher.
Like all coins in the series, this one boasts a silver content of 0.999 fineness or 99.9% pure silver. These coins are eligible for inclusion within a precious metals IRA, giving them a particular appeal to investors. With a diameter of three inches and five troy ounces of silver, these are the largest silver bullion coins ever issued by the U.S. Mint.
- Five troy ounces of silver
- Purity of 0.999
- Eligible for inclusion in a precious metals IRA
- Full backing by the U.S. government
- Limited edition of 50,000 bullion coins
- Rich history of civil rights and the U.S. war effort during World War II