The US Mint will strike the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Silver Bullion Coin as the fourth 2015 strike of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™ Program. Shown on the reverse of the silver bullion coin will be a design emblematic of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge of Delaware as originally designed for the Bombay Hook Quarter. A release date for the coin was not known at the time of this posting.
All coins of this silver bullion series will feature designs originally created for the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. In fact, that is a legal requirement for the series established by Public Law 110-456 which authorized both these bullion coins and the related circulating quarters.
Aside from the designs, however, the two series will be very different. For one thing, the US Mint strikes the quarters typically for circulation whereas these bullion coins are struck for investors. For another, the quarters are typically struck from clad while these bullion coins are each composed of five ounces of .999 fine silver.
The obverse of each coin in both series will contain a portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. This portrait was created by John Flanagan for the 1932 circulating quarter dollar. It will be surrounded by the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
Shown on the reverse will be the design emblematic of Bombay Hook. Around the design will be the inscriptions of BOMBAY HOOK, DELAWARE, 2015 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is found in the state of Delaware. It was established on March 16, 1937 to create a protected refuge for hundreds of species of migratory waterfowl along the Atlantic flyway.
Aside from providing a sanctuary for the birds, the refuge also preserves the Allee House. This was a dwelling originally constructed by Abraham Allee in 1753.