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The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located in the state of Kansas. This preserve compromises 11,000 acres of tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills. It is the largest natural area to preserve our native tallgrass prairie habitat. This remarkable National Preserve was established in 1996. It is a unique public-private partnership with the land being managed by the Parks Service, while portions remain privately owned but available to the public. There are over 40 miles of trails maintained on the preserve.
First issued in 2010, the America the Beautiful series features bullion strikes, proof coinage, and a specialized specimen finish, which is produced using a unique vapor blast process.
The reverse image of this issue depicts a Regal Fritillary butterfly landing on tall, windswept Bluestem and Indian prairie grasses. The image was designed by Emily Damstra of the Artistic Infusion Program and engraved by Renata Gordon, U.S. Mint sculptor.
The obverse image used in the series is based on the iconic profile of First President of the United States, George Washington. John Flanagan designed the portrait for use on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar coin. Flanagan’s design was based on a marble bust sculpted during Washington’s life by French artist Jean-Antoine Houdin. The original statue is now on display at Mt. Vernon. The Flanagan portrait was modified to be low relief for use on the ATB series by Mint Engraver William Cousins.
Title II of the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 paved the way for this 5 oz. Silver ATB series. The popular coins contain 5 oz. of .999 pure silver, making them some of the largest silver coins issued by the United States Mint. The ever-changing reverse design highlights one historic National Park or a site in every U.S. territory or state. The obverse features the classic 1932 quarter dollar image of George Washington. 2010 saw the series's introduction, which concludes in 2021 when the 56th coin in the series is released.
The U.S. Mint's Philadelphia branch strikes the 5 oz. .999 silver coins on a German coining press purchased specifically for this series. The press began producing coins on March 1, 2010, with the first issue in the series. Sunshine Minting of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho supplies the 5 oz. coin blanks.