The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is located in the great state of Alabama and serves as the subject for the 56th and final issue in the 5 oz. Silver America the Beautiful (ATB) series.
The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site was established on November 6, 1998. The honor conferred by naming this area a national historic site bears witness to the Tuskegee Airmen's monumental contribution to aviation, the armed forces, and overcoming segregation in the military.
The 5 oz. Silver ATB series was introduced in 2010 and concludes with this 56th issue. Each issue features one notable historic park or site from every state or territory. Each coin is struck on a .999 fine silver 5 oz. blank. The United States Mint will issue both Brilliant Uncirculated bullion versions and satiny Specimen versions!
The reverse design of this issue features the image of one American Airman with two P-51 Mustang aircraft soaring in the background sky. The phrase "They fought two wars" appears over the image, referencing not only the global struggle against totalitarianism but also the struggle against racism at home. Reverse rim inscriptions include “TUSKEGEE AIRMEN,” “ALABAMA,” “2021,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The image was designed by Chris Costello and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.
The obverse portrait featured in the America the Beautiful series is the iconic image of George Washington. The portrait was designed in 1932 by John Flanagan for the circulating U.S. 25 cent piece. It was based on the bust sculpted by artist Jean-Antoine Houdin which now resides in the permanent collection celebrating Mr. Washington at his home and historic site in Mt. Vernon, Virginia. Obverse inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "QUARTER DOLLAR."
The America the Beautiful 5 oz. silver coins are some of the largest silver coins issued by the U.S. Mint. They are stuck exclusively by the Philadelphia branch on a German coin press installed specifically for this popular series. The press was put into service on March 1, 2010, and strikes over one million coins annually. The .999 fine silver 5 oz. planchets for this series come from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
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