San Antonio is one of those cities with which many visitors fall in love immediately. Combining modern construction with rich history and natural beauty, it offers a rich combination of influences all its own. The city was stashed in the 18th century through a collection of Spanish missions. They set the foundation for what would become the vibrant metropolis that we know today.
This 49th issue in the America the Beautiful Series honors the missions that made the modern city possible. Like all the other issues in the series, this release consists of a bullion coin, which does not bear a mint mark, and a collectors specimen edition, which bears the Philadelphia Mint’s “P” mint mark. Both coins were struck from 5 oz of .999 fine silver.
The bullion and burnished coins have identical designs. On the obverse is a left-side portrait of President George Washington by John Flanagan. The portrait has featured on American quarters since 1932. That includes all the coins in this series. Joining the effigy are four sets of inscriptions. “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “QUARTER DOLLAR” are included on the rim above and below the portrait, respectively, while “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST” flank America’s first President.
The reverse features designs that honor various aspects of the city. Paying homage to the Spanish colonial Real, this face is divided into quadrants. Each quadrant features a symbol of the missions. Clockwise, they are arches with a bell, a lion, water, and wheat. The first represents community and the second Spanish colonial heritage. The last two call to mind immigration methods and farming, respectively. The design is encircled by a rim frame in which there are four inscriptions. “SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS” and “TEXAS” are unique to this coin, while “E PLURIBUS UNUM” and the date, in this case “2019,” are consistent with other coins in the series.
Bullion mintages have risen as high as 126,700, which it hit with consecutive issues in 2011 with Gettysburg National Military Park and Glacier National Park. They dropped as low as 20,000, again on consecutive coins, in 2012 with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Alaska’s Denali National Park. Now in its tenth year, the series continues to enamor both those who have been collecting from the beginning and those who are just now getting their first pieces in the series.
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