Homestead National Monument Silver Coin

Every year since 2010, the U.S. Mint has released five new coins in the America the Beautiful series. One for each state and territory, this series celebrates America’s national parks and historic sites. One of these coins features Homestead National Monument in Nebraska. Continue reading to learn more about this coin and how it works as an investment piece.

DESIGN

Front / Obverse

The front side of this coin shows a portrait of George Washington. This portrait is also shown on the front side of all United States quarters.
Designer: John Flanagan

Rear / Reverse

The back side of this coin is a composite showing all of the basic needs of homesteaders. Included on the design is a home, stalks of corn and a water pump.
Designer: Ron Sanders

 

HISTORY

In 1862, the Homestead Act made it possible for individuals to claim up to 160 acres of land if they agreed to improve and live on that land for at least five years. Over 270,000,000 acres of land was given to homesteaders in this way.

The Homestead National Monument in Nebraska was dedicated in 2007 as a celebration of expansion and prosperity. The monument sits on land that was first claimed under the Homestead Act itself.

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