The Great Smoky Mountains 5 oz Silver America the Beautiful .999 fine Silver coin is the 1st coin of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program released by the U.S. Mint in 2014 and the 21st coin overall in the series!
- Contains 5 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Encapsulated in a protective NGC holder and graded a near perfect Mint State-69 Deep Prooflike.
- The Early Release label ensures that the coin was received by NGC within the first 30 days of its release from the mint.
- Obverse: Portrait of George Washington originally designed by John Flanagan, with the inscriptions of United States of America, Liberty, In God We Trust and Quarter Dollar.
- Reverse: Log cabin in the woods with an eagle flying above. The Great Smoky Mountains can be seen in the background.
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The Great Smoky Mountains are a sub range of the Appalachian Mountains formed between 200 and 400 million years ago which cover 522,419 acres of land spanning two States, Tennessee and North Carolina. The National Park itself, established in 1934, and dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, sees over 9 million visitors per year and is the most visited park in the United States and its territories. The term “Smoky” comes from the naturally occurring fog that drapes over the mountains as though it was a large plume of smoke.
The fog is produced by the naturally exhaling vegetation which has a higher than average vapor pressure for normal temperatures. The Great Smoky Mountains are home to the largest black bear population east of the Mississippi River and the largest variety of salamanders in the continental U.S.
The Smoky Mountains has even made its way into pop culture with Ronnie Milsap’s recording of “Smoky Mountain Rain” becoming a #1 Country hit in 1980. Additionally, the “Smokies,” as they are affectionately called, were also one of the sites used to film the 1950s hit TV series ‘Davy Crockett.‘ The coin itself features a log cabin in the woods with an eagle flying above. The mountain line can be seen in the background.
In 2010, the United States Mint launched the America The Beautiful Quarter series, the mint’s first-ever 5 ounce coin and their largest Silver bullion coin to-date. The new quarter series includes a total of 56 quarter-dollar coins, each with a design of a National Park or National Site from one of the 50 states, five U.S. Territories and Washington D.C. The obverse design of each 5 oz Silver America The Beautiful coin duplicates the design of the America the Beautiful clad quarters used in circulation, except in greater detail. The mint makes two versions of the America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver coin: a Bullion version with a shiny prooflike finish made for investors and an Uncirculated, or Burnished, version with a matte-like finish made for collectors. The Burnished version features the "P" mintmark for the Philadelphia Mint and includes a U.S. Mint box and certificate of authenticity. The Bullion version does not have a mintmark and comes in a plastic capsule with no certificate of authenticity. The Bullion versions have higher mintages and are available to the public only through authorized bullion dealers like APMEX, while the Uncirculated versions have much lower mintages and are available through the U.S. Mint directly, as well as retailers like APMEX.
All America The Beautiful 5 oz Silver coins have the same obverse of George Washington in a restored version of the portrait created by John Flanagan for the 1932 Washington Quarter. The reverse of each America The Beautiful Quarter includes an individual design for each National Park or National Site. Unlike the reeded edge of the normal quarter coins in circulation, the America The Beautiful Silver bullion coins have a smooth edge inscribed with the coin specifications: .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.
The America The Beautiful program is authorized by Congress under Title II of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.