Ozark National Scenic Riverways Silver Bullion Coin

in 2017 National Park Coins

The Ozark National Scenic Riverways Silver Bullion Coin will be released by the US Mint as the third of five 2017 strikes in the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program. Shown on the reverse of the silver bullion coin will be a design emblematic of Ozark National Scenic Riverways in the state of Missouri. As of this posting, an official release date was not known.

Like all of the other strikes in this silver bullion coin series, each of the Ozark Coins will be composed of five ounces of .999 fine silver and feature a diameter of three inches. This series of coins was authorized by Congress under the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 which became Public Law 110-456 when it was signed by President George W. Bush in December of that year.

As the name of the authorizing act indicates, a series of circulating quarter dollars was also created with the law. In fact, that series of quarters serves as the basis for both programs with the obverse and reverse imagery seen in both containing aspects originally designed for quarters.

This includes an obverse portrait of George Washington. John Flanagan originally designed this portrait of Washington for inclusion on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and it 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 Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Also shown on the reverse will be the inscriptions of OZARK, MISSOURI, 2017 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri

Ozark National Scenic Riverways of Missouri was established on August 27, 1964. The scenic riverways consists of approximately 80,000 acres set aside to protect the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.

Considered one of the best float streams in the area, the scenic riverways attracts well over 1 million visitors annually. They come to tube, canoe, boat, fish, hike, camp, etc. with almost all of the activities centered around the clear waters that the rivers provide.

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