2020 Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve 5 oz. America the Beautiful Coins



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The 55th release in the America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver series is the Tall-Grass Prairie National Preserve, located in the Flint Hills in Kansas. This natural preserve is made up of 11,000 acres of natural prairie. It is the largest area where our native prairies grasses remain undisturbed. This exceptional National Preserve was brought into being with a unique 1996 legislation. This innovative legislation features a unique partnership with the government managing the land through the National Parks Service, while large tracts remain in private hands. The park has over 40 miles of trails open to the American public. 


 The popular ATB 5 oz. silver series features Brilliant Uncirculated business strikes and the United States Mint’s unique specimen finish, which is produced using special preparation and a vapor blast step. 

 Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve ATB Design


 The design used on the reverse shows the image of Bluestem and Indian prairie grasses. A Regal Fritillary butterfly is shown landing on the tall grass. The designer was Emily Damstra of the Mint’s AIP program. Mint sculptor Renata Gordon engraved the image.


 The design used on the obverse is the classic portrait of President George Washington. The image first appeared on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar coin designed by John Flanagan. This American Numismatic classic itself was based on a marble bust executed sculpted by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdin.

America the Beautiful 5 oz. Silver Coins


 The famous America the Beautiful 5 oz. Silver coins are struck on .999 pure silver planchets. The series features several low mintage issues that have become modern classics. The coins are some of the largest silver strikes issued by the United States Mint. The reverse design features one historic site or National Park or preserves from each U.S. state or territory. The series concludes in 2021 when the 56th coin in the series honoring Alabama’s Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is released.

 The series, the largest silver coin issued by the United States Mint, is struck in Philadelphia on a German coin press that the Mint acquired explicitly to produce this series. The press was installed on March 1, 2010, and production began with the first issue in the series. Sunshine Minting supplies the 5 oz silver planchets.