The Great Sand Dunes 5 oz Silver America the Beautiful .999 fine Silver coin is the 4th coin of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program released by the U.S. Mint in 2014 and the 24th coin overall in the series.
- Contains 5 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Mintage of just 22,000 coins.
- Comes in the U.S. Mint's official America the Beautiful gift box with certificate of authenticity.
- 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: Image of the Great Sand Dunes, with a man and child on the creek bed.
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The Great Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado is known for the tallest sand dunes in North America and was officially established as a National Park in 2004, though it was designated as a national monument in 1932.
The dunes were molded from many years of sand from dried up lake beds blowing from predominantly southwestern winds and storm winds blowing in the opposite direction, which is why the dunes have grown so high. The extremely strong wind change the shape of the dunes daily.
There are several streams that erode the dune fields. The sand particles are then swept downstream until the water disappears and the particles are left on the surface. Because of this, the sand is often wet just a few inches below the surface.
Visitors to the park often bring sleds and specially made sandboards to try and ride down the dunes, however, the best results are when the surface itself is wet. Visitors are also advised to wear sturdy close-toed footwear as the sand can reach temperatures of over 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
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.