The obverse of this coin depicts a classic portrait of George Washington. This portrait is a restored version by John Flanagan that is present on all United States quarters.
The reverse of the White Mountain National Park coin prominently features Mt. Chocorua, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range, known for its craggy peaks and beautiful views. Surrounding the mountains are birch trees as well as the inscriptions WHITE MOUNTAIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 2013m and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The history of White Mountain National Forest begins with the Weeks Act of 1911. Signed into effect by William Taft, the act provided a way for the federal government to purchase private land, if the land could protect navigable rivers or other waters. The federal government began acquiring lands in Maine and New Hampshire, and by 1918, the White Mountain National Forest was an official entity.
Today, the White Mountains National Forest covers 750,852 acres and supports hiking, skiing and camping. The summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern U.S., reaches 6,289 ft. The area is known for its beautiful fall foliage, winter skiing, and the Appalachian Trail, which runs through the forest. To date, it is the only national forest in New Hampshire and Maine.
- Mint: U.S. Mint (West Point)
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: Minted in 2013 with 20,530 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:
- All coin design options are reviewed by the Citizen's Coinage Advisory Committee and the United States Commission of Fine Arts before a final design decision is made by the U.S. Treasury Secretary
- The White Mountain National Forest coin is the 16th coin released in the series and the first coin released in 2013
- All ATB bullion coins contain 0.999 fine silver
- ATB bullion coins are a unique size to the U.S. Mint: 3 inches in diameter
- Coin quality is guaranteed by the United States Mint
Like all silver bullion produced by the US Mint, each coin in the America the Beautiful coin series consists of US sourced, .999 fine silver, and carries a legal tender value backed by the United States government. The United States Mint is an arm of the Treasury Department, and is an IRA approved sovereign mint. Because the purity and weight of US silver is guaranteed by the US government, and because the US Mint is an ISO-9001 facility, the America the Beautiful Coins are qualified for most self-directed Precious Metal IRAs.
Additionally, the US Mint releases five ATB designs each year, and each design is produced for a finite amount of time. Because of the limited production and the high production quality, the America the Beautiful Silver Coins are very popular among silver coin collectors.