The origins of the America the Beautiful Coin Series can be traced back to 2008 and the passing of the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act. Within two years of the act passing, these unique Quarter-Dollar coins were being produced. The two-year delay in production was a result of the US Mint needing to purchase and install special presses to mint these larger-than-average coins.
The series’ first addition came in the form of the 2010 5 oz Hot Springs Silver Coin, which was minted in quantities just over 30,000. From then on, multiple new additions to the ATB series are added every year with the series’ end date to be sometime in 2021. When production ceases, there will be 60 pieces in this series.
About the Homestead National Monument
Located in Gage County, Nebraska, the Homestead National Monument commemorates the Homestead Act of 1862. The Act allowed any qualified person to claim up to 160 acres of land in exchange for 5 years of living and cultivating the land. When all was said and done, this 19th century Act transferred more than 250 million acres of land from government ownership to private control.
The site of the actual monument was chosen because it is located on some of the first acres ever claimed as part of the Homestead Act. The site is also included in the National Register of Historic Places.
About the Homestead ATB Silver Coin
The 5 oz Homestead ATB Silver coin is the first release of the 2015 edition of the America the Beautiful Coin Series. As is typical for this coin series, only between 30,000 and 40,000 of these pieces are expected to be minted. The coin itself has a face value of only $0.25 and boasts an obverse design that identically resembles the obverse of a US Quarter-Dollar.
Homestead Coin Design
As you probably could have gathered by now, all coins in the America the Beautiful series serve a dual-purpose of both celebrating the park, monument, or forest for which they are named, and also celebrating the general beauty of the United States as a whole. The coins have a raised border around the outer edges of the obverse and reverse faces while the edges themselves are reeded like you would find on a typical Quarter-Dollar.
Though America the Beautiful coins were first minted in 2010, their obverse designs dates back to 1932 when John Flanagan design it for the 25-cent piece we know today. It features a profile of George Washington, who is facing leftward. Above the President’s image are the words “United States of America”, while the inscriptions “In God We Trust” and “Liberty” can be found on both the left and right sides. Finally, the “Quarter Dollar” face value is neatly inscribed towards the obverse’s bottom.
The design of the reverse side of the 2015 Homestead Silver coin is dominated by a simple wooden home and well-water pump; reminiscent of what a typical settler’s land might look like. Rising up to either side of the central image are two cornstalks that are incredible in their detail. Along the outer rim are inscriptions which read “Homestead”, “Nebraska”, and “E Pluribus Unum.” The 2015 year of minting is also on the reverse side towards the bottom.
Buying 2015 5 oz Homestead STB Silver Coins
Because the 2015 Homestead 5 oz ATB Silver Coin is still being produced, demand for the coin is on the up and up. Still, you can purchase these coins from most online silver dealers and even from auction sites such as eBay. It is best to act quickly though, because past ATB releases have been known to sell rather quickly.