The fourth strike to appear in 2015 as part of a series will be the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Silver Uncirculated Coin. This silver uncirculated coin will contain a reverse design emblematic of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge found in the state of Delaware. At the time of this posting, no release date was known for the coin.
The coins of this series are all struck as part of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ Program. This program is considered the numismatic versions of another series of coins produced by the Mint, the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™ Program.
Both programs feature strikes composed of five ounces of .999 fine silver with diameters of three inches. They also both feature reverse designs emblematic of selected sites of national interest and the same obverse design as is found on a series of related circulating quarter dollars.
That obverse is a portrait of George Washington as originally designed by John Flanagan. The portrait was created for use on the circulating 1932 quarter dollar and has been in use on the quarters in one form or another ever since. Surrounding the portrait will be the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
The reverse will contain the design emblematic of the selected site of interest, in this case Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Also shown 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 of Delaware was initially established on March 16, 1937. Its purpose was to create a protected refuge and breeding grounds for migratory waterfowl along the Atlantic flyway.
Today, the refuge is approximately 25 square miles in diameter and sees hundreds of species of birds use its land in a given year. Of course, the refuge also contains other creatures who find the land suitable for their own purposes.