This silver coin set features all five 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters struck in silver with a proof finish, protectively encased in a clear plastic lens and outer packaging.
Struck in 90 percent silver, also known as “coin silver,” these proof silver coins feature sharp relief thanks to being struck at least twice in specially fitted dies, and a mirror-like background from highly polished silver coin blanks. As proof coins their frosted, sculpted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect.
Each quarter in the 2015 proof set features a common obverse (heads) with the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”
The 2015 reverse (tails) of these coins honor the sites below with the following designs:
Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska:
This design represents the three fundamentals of survival common to all homesteaders: food, shelter and water. Inscriptions are “HOMESTEAD, NEBRASKA,” “2015” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana:
This design features a wild turkey over blue stem grass with long leaf pine in the background. Inscriptions are “KISATCHIE, LOUISIANA,” “2015” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina:
This design depicts the grace and curvature of the road hugging the side of a mountain, with the North Carolina state flower in the background. Inscriptions are “BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, NORTH CAROLINA,” “2015” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge:
This design features a great blue heron in the foreground and a great egret in the background. Inscriptions are “BOMBAY HOOK, DELAWARE,” “2015” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Saratoga National Historical Park in New York:
This reverse design depicts a close-up of the moment General John Burgoyne surrendered his sword to General Horatio Gates, a turning point many believe marked the ‘beginning of the end of the American Revolutionary War.’ Inscriptions are “BRITISH SURRENDER 1777,” “SARATOGA, NEW YORK,” “2015” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
About America the Beautiful Quarters:
The U.S. Mint launched the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program in 2010. The 12-year initiative includes 56 quarters featuring reverse designs depicting some of our most cherished national parks and other national sites. The U.S. Mint will issue five new quarter designs per year, with one final design in 2021. The sixth year of the program, 2015, features the sixth group of five quarters in the series.