The front (obverse) of the Great Sand Dunes National Park coin features a restored version of the George Washington portrait designed by John Flanagan that is characteristic of United States Quarters.
The sand dunes of Colorado began forming thousands of years ago and are the tallest sand dunes in North America. They are made of sand and soil deposits from the Rio Grande and its various tributaries, and the dunes are still growing to this day.
The dunes, popular with visitors for years, became known as the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in 1932. It was not until 2004 that the United States Congress decided to turn the monument into a national park and preserve.
Today, Great Sand Dunes National Park and preserve protect around 85,000 acres combined.
- Mint: U.S. Mint (West Point)
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: Minted in 2014 with 46,103 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:
- Made of 0.999 pure silver
- Is the 4th coin released in the America the Beautiful series for 2014 and the 24th overall issued coin in the series
- Released to the public on August 25, 2014
- The final designs for America the Beautiful coins are chosen by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
- Coin quality is guaranteed by the U.S. Mint
Like the other coins in the America the Beautiful Coin Series, the Great Sand Dunes Silver Coin consists of five troy ounces of .999 fine silver. Each design is manufactured by the US Mint for a limited time, and consequently has a limited mintage. The extremely limited mintage, unique design, and metal purity make these coins attractive to collectors and investors alike.
The America the Beautiful Coins Series is manufactured by the US Mint, which guarantees the metal content and purity of each round. Consequently, each America the Beautiful Coin may be included in a self-directed Precious Metal IRA.