Reverse Side – Camel Rock

The reverse side of the coin depicts a close view of Camel Rock. Camel rock is located in The Garden of the Gods. Located on the eastern side of the Shawnee National Forest, the Camel Rock is one of the region’s most popular tourists attractions, drawing throngs of sightseers and photographers. Shawnee National Forest is home to many recognizable rock formations, but Camel Rock is synonymous with the forest. For decades, Camel Rock has been depicted in magazines, newspapers, and calendars. Camel rock was etched into the mountainside by erosion over millions of years.

2016 Shawnee National Forest Silver Coin reverse

The Shawnee National Forest hosts the most acreage of any natural area in the state of Illinois; it’s a large, public space that is used for recreational purposes and leisure. It’s easy to see why the Shawnee National Forest is represented on of the coin. It is a cultural hub that has considerable influence in the local community. Some of the more prominent recreational activities include big game hunting, bird watching, long-distance equestrian trails, beaches, and access to the Ohio River. Located in southern Illinois, Shawnee National Forest consists of more than 280,000 acres of land that is managed and taken care of by the federal government.

Initially, Shawnee National Forest did not offer scenic views of majestic hills and far-reaching greenery. In the 1930’s, Shawnee National Forest was mostly exhausted farmland, where the lands was over cropped and wasn’t properly rotated. The following decades, the federal government planted several pine trees to help circumvent erosion due to the exposed soil.

The Observe Side – George Washington

George Washington is one of the most honored heroes of the American Revolution. The first elected president of the United States of America, George Washington is dignified as an American hero that has helped conceptualize the country and its Constitution. A significant turning point in George Washington’s life – and American history – is the French and Indian war that occurred in 1754. A conflict between France and England, the French and Indian War catapulted George Washington into Virginia’s militia. The war put a spotlight on George Washington, as he was a prominent colonel after the war. Many legislators were impressed with George Washington’s commitment to independence, especially after the Boston Tea Party.

2016 Shawnee National Forest Silver Coin obverse

About George Washington

A skilled mapmaker and surveyor, George Washington motivated his troops along the Delaware River to ambush British troops in Trenton, New Jersey, as well as a successful confrontation in Princeton, New Jersey. This is what George Washington’s army needed to stay motivated, allowing him and his troops to stay dedicated to the revolution. Soon after the Constitution was ratified in 1789, George Washington was elected the first president of the United States of America. The unanimous decision was backed up by every elector from every state. Recognizing that he represents a pivotal moment in American history, George Washington took his position very seriously. George Washington’s history and contribution to American society have made him a popular image in American currency, specifically the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin.