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2017-P 25 Cent 5-oz Silver America The Beautiful George Rogers Clark NGC MS69DPL ER
"Great Things Have Been Effected by a Few Men Well Conducted"
In February of 1779, a group of 170 men marched with urgency across the fields of Southern Illinois. 26-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark had just been alerted by merchant Francis Vigo that British forces had taken over Fort Sackville in Vincennes, thus gaining a crucial foothold in the Revolutionary War's western front. In order to take the fort's British inhabitants by surprise, he would have to lead his small force of frontiersmen on a 157-mile journey in the dead of winter. Braving an unexpected thaw that drenched the fields in freezing water for more than half of their expedition, the group arrived in Vincennes on February 23rd and forced the British to surrender Fort Sackville two days later.
But this victory didn't just help turn the tide of the war. Its strategic placement opened the area between the Ohio River and the Great Lakes up to American settlers, starting a migration that forced the British to relinquish the land as part of the 1783 Treaty of Paris. The resulting creation of the Northwest Territory provided a blueprint for the establishment of states beyond the original 13 colonies, perfectly setting the stage for 1803's Louisiana Purchase.
Today, in Vincennes, Indiana, a monument to the events of February 1779 stands as George Rogers Clark National Historical Park. Sitting on the land that once held Fort Sackville, the park's rotunda features a massive bronze statue of the man whose actions ultimately established the American West. And now, his landmark mission is part of the United States Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters® Program -- and you can bring it home to your collection, struck in five ounces of stunning silver!
- ILLUSTRATIVE, INSPIRING DESIGN . . .-- This last America the Beautiful Quarter release of 2017 features the work of designer Frank Morris and sculptor Michael Gaudioso. This design dramatically captures George Rogers Clark as he leads his men through the cold and waterlogged Southern Illinois plains. Flip the coin over, and you'll find John Flanagan's time-honored portrait of George Washington.
- . . . STRUCK IN FIVE OUNCES OF SILVER!-- Struck in a weighty five ounces of 99.9% fine silver by the Philadelphia Mint, each coin has a massive diameter of three inches and thickness of over four millimeters, but still has a legal tender value of 25 cents! Incused edge lettering confirms that your coin is, indeed, ".999 fine silver 5.0 ounce."
- CERTIFIED NEAR-FLAWLESS-- Your coin will come certified Mint State-69 Deep Prooflike (MS69 DPL) by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), a distinction that means your almost-flawless 2017 5-oz Silver George Rogers Clark Bullion Coin will showcase an impressive full strike and indistinguishable imperfections along with stunning, prooflike reflectivity. In addition, your coin will be certified Early Releases (ER) by NGC, meaning that it was among the first struck by the mint and was verified within the first 30 days of issue. Finally, your coin will be sonically sealed in an acrylic case with a special label featuring the rotunda at George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, giving you the best in protection and visual contrast while granting clear sightlines into every beautiful detail.
- A COLLECTORS' FAVORITE SERIES! -- This fifth and final America the Beautiful Quarter release of 2017 continues the popular series, first established in 2010 and still attracting new collectors to the fold!
This gorgeous coin is a perfect tribute to the spirit and bravery that helped found and grow the United States of America, as well as an ideal addition to your collection! Capture your own 2017 5-oz Silver George Rogers Clark Bullion Coin today!
|Year of Issue||2017|
|Mint Name||Philadelphia - P, U.S. Mint|
|Coin Weight||155.3 Grams - g|
|Weight||5 Ounces - oz|