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- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine silver.
- Extremely limited mintage of 1,000 coins.
- Comes in a capsule with mint box and a certificate of authenticity.
- Obverse: The weight, purity, country of issue and the bald eagle emblem surrounded by a native star design.
- Reverse: Features Cherokee natives hiding out in caves.
- This coin is authorized by the federally recognized sovereign nation of Mesa Grande.
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About Native America the Beautiful
This series was created to remember forgotten tribes and further the education of how native culture is intertwined into today’s America. It is important that the legacy of the Native Americans is not forgotten. These people lived prosperously in the untamed lands for centuries. With a mintage of just 1,000, collectors can be sure about the rarity of this inspiring set as we walk through history around the nation and celebrate the 50 states like never before. Check out these and more from the Native American Mint.
About Great Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an American national park in the southeastern United States, with parts in Tennessee and North Carolina. The park straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain.
For thousands of years, this region was occupied by successive cultures of indigenous peoples. The historic Cherokee had their homeland here, and occupied numerous towns in the river valleys on both sides of the Appalachian Mountains. Most of the Cherokee were removed when President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830. However, some, led by such warriors as Tsali, evaded removal by staying in cavernous areas, now part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tsali’s successful evasion was reported to the other Indians by grapevine and soon the mountain Cherokees by dozens, then by hundreds, joined him in the hideout, living off roots and berries on the border of starvation.
US Generals felt that if Tsali's freedom went unchallenged, a fateful example would be set for other Cherokees. They sent a message to the leader of the fugitives. If Tsali and his family would surrender themselves to military justice, the rest of the Cherokees in the mountains could remain free.
Tsali, his brother and sons came down from the mountains and gave themselves up. Tsali's youngest boy Wasidana was spared; the others were executed. According to Wasidana, they were shot by a firing squad of Cherokee prisoners, compelled to the act as a means of impressing on the Indians the hopelessness of their position.
Tsali's martyrdom, however, marked not a hopeless end but a beginning. The remaining three hundred fugitives became the forebears of some five thousand Cherokees living today in the North Carolina mountains, legatees of the one of the proudest nations in Native American Indian history.
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