Great Basin National Park Silver Coin

Every year since 2010, the America the Beautiful collection has released silver bullion coins to commemorate America’s national parks and historic sites. One of these coins depicts the Great Basin National Park in Nevada. Continue reading to learn more about this coin and how it can make a great investment piece for your coin collection.

DESIGN

Front / Obverse

The front side of this coin shows a side portrait of George Washington, our nation’s first president. This portrait is also on the front sides of all United States quarters.
Designer: John Flanagan

Rear / Reverse

The back side of this coin shows a famous symbol of the Great Basin National Park: the Bristlecone Pine Tree. These trees typically grow on top of glacial moraines as this coin depicts.
Designer: Robert D. Sanders

 

HISTORY

Great Basin National Park is an area with a long history. In fact, it is believed that Native Americans first began living in the area around 10,000 years ago. It sits between two mountain ranges (the Sierra Nevadas and the Wasatch Range) and is known for its basin-like valleys and Bristlecone Pines like the one shown on the coin. These trees are believed to be around 3,000 years old.

The national park was made official in October of 1986, and it sees around 100,000 visitors every year.

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