The front (obverse) of the Blue Ridge Parkway coin features a restored version of the George Washington portrait by John Flanagan that is characteristic of United States Quarters.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, originally known as the Appalachian Scenic Highway, began during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration. Work on the parkway began in 1935 in North Carolina and in 1936 in Virginia. That same year, Congress put the Blue Ridge Parkway under the control of the National Park Service.
Today, the Blue Ridge Parkway covers a total of 469 miles that stretches from North Carolina to Virginia along the Blue Ridge portion of the Appalachian Mountains. While not a national park itself, the parkway does connect both Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Additionally, the land on either side of the parkway is maintained by the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway has consistently been named one of the most visited units of the National Park System with over 15 million visitors per year.
- Mint: U.S. Mint (West Point)
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: Minted in 2015 with 62,461 uncirculated coins
- Silver Content: 0.999 fine silver
- Diameter: 76.2 mm in diameter (3 in.)
- Thickness: 3.25 mm in thickness (0.128 in.)
- Weight: 5 troy ounces (155.5g)
- Face Value: $0.25
- Coin Highlights:
- This coin's particular design was chosen out of six total design options.
- The Blue Ridge Parkway coin is the third America the Beautiful coin released in 2015 and is the 28th overall coin in the series.
- The coin's final design is selected by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
- Contains 99.9% pure silver.
- Coin quality is guaranteed by the U.S. mint.
The non-circulated silver bullion version of the Blue Ridge Parkway coins contain .999 fine silver and therefore are worth much more than their denomination. This is one of the reasons the America the Beautiful series appeals to many investors.
The circulated quarters are very popular for casual collectors since they can be found for free, and the silver bullion coins are a great option for collectors who want to find uncirculated versions with higher quality. Plus, this series of bullion's larger size is a first for the U.S. Mint.