The front (obverse) of the Cumberland Gap quarter features a restored version of the George Washington portrait by John Flanagan, which is characteristic of United States Quarters.
American soldiers began construction of Sullivan Island's first fort in 1776 in order to protect the city of Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding harbor. Before the fort's completion, however, it was attacked by British ships on June 28, 1776.
A group of soldiers led by Commander William Moultrie, who is featured on the commemorative coin's reverse, led the men into a battle lasting an entire day, ending with British ships retreating. The fort was then named in Moultrie's honor.
Eventually, Fort Moultrie became a part of Fort Sumter, but this first victory proved pivotal in rallying America's troops for independence. Those who live in Charleston still celebrate "Carolina Day" to honor the soldiers that defended Fort Moultrie against the British.
- Mint: U.S. Mint (West Point)
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: Minted in 2016 in a later determined amount
- 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 particular design was chosen out of five total design options and is the 35th released coin out of the 56 in the America the Beautiful Series
- The Fort Moultrie coin is scheduled to be released on November 14, 2016
- Guaranteed by the U.S. Mint
- Contains 99.9% pure silver
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in western North Dakota, and consists of 70,446 acres in the North Dakota badlands
The America the Beautiful Silver Coin collection is a highly collectible silver bullion series produced by one of the most respected sovereign mints in the world. Each design in this series is available for a limited time, and consequently has a limited mintage. The unique content of each coin and the limited mintage make these silver bullion coins attractive to those that collect silver bullion.
Additionally, each coin consists of .999 fine silver, sourced largely from the United States. Because these coins are minted by the United States Mint, and because the US Mint is operated by the United States Department of the Treasury, the production quality a metal purity are guaranteed. And because the US Mint is an ISO-9001 facility with sovereign government backing, each coin may be included in a self-directed Precious Metal IRA.