The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin series was first introduced in 2010 after being authorized two years earlier under the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. A few years after the act was passed, the mint had brand new minting presses installed to strike this odd sized coin. Just like the American Silver Eagle, the ATB coin planchets are also sourced from the Sunshine Mint.
The first coin in the series was the 2010 5 oz Hot Springs Silver Coin, which saw a mintage of roughly 33,000 coins. When the series is complete in 2021 there will have been a total of 60 unique coins. However, due to the extreme popularity the series has seen so far, some people think the series may even run beyond the projected date.
About the Kisatchie National Forest
Kisatchie is a national forest located in Louisiana which features over 600,000 acres of land. The Kisatchie National Forest was declared a national forest in 1936 and contains a variety of bayous and cypress groves. The forest was named after a native tribe called the Kichai and still attracts visitors today.
Kisatchie Coin Design
All coins in the America the Beautiful Series share a common obverse design, as mentioned above. The reverse of each coin shows a scene from the national landmark it is named after. All coins will have a raised border running around the circumference of the coin while the edges are reeded like a normal 1 oz silver coin would be.
The obverse of each Kisatchie Silver Coin features a left-facing portrait of George Washington as designed by John Flanagan in 1932 for the Washington Quarter Dollar. Above his head is the name of the country; “United States of America.” Below him is the face value which is written out as; “Quarter Dollar.” To Washington’s right is the popular U.S. phrase; “In God We Trust” while to his left is the word “Liberty.”
On the Kisatchie Coin’s reverse is a portrait taken from the National Forest itself. At the center of the design is a wild turkey taking flight through the swamp. In the background of the image are several local trees while below it is high grass. This scene is inset into the coin, with its border being raised. Atop the reverse you will find the name of the park “Kisatchie.” Below it is the year of minting “2015” while to the bottom right is the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” and to the bottom left is the state’s name “Louisiana.”
Buying 2015 5 oz Kisatchie ATB Silver Coins
Since the Kisatchie Silver Coin is a new release from the US Mint, it is still being produced and is in somewhat steady supply for the time being. As so, you can find it for sale online from sites like eBay or from an online silver dealer. Judging by past releases, coins from the America the Beautiful Series generally sell out quickly. Right now the coins are priced anywhere from $3-$5 per ounce above the current spot price of silver.