2020 P 25c 5 oz Silver Quarter - Tallgrass Prairie NP PCGS SP70 FDOI Damstra

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The 2020 Silver ATB Tallgrass Prairie Reserve coin is the fifth release in the U.S. Mint's popular 5 oz Silver bullion America the Beautiful series and pays tribute to the largest area of tallgrass prairie left in North America. 

Only 100 Certified First Day of Issue

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve ATB quarter is the 55th release of 56 coins. These certified first day of issue ATB quarters contain .999 fine silver and are graded by PCGS in perfect SP70 condition. Only 100 Tallgrass Prarie 5oz ATBs received the coveted First Day of Issue (75 in SP70 grade, 25 in SP69 grade), making this a remarkable low-population opportunity. The coin's designer Emily Damstra has hand signed each label. 

On the obverse design is a bust of President George Washington. The first man elected to the office of President of the United States, Washington has featured on the US quarter since 1932. This side of the coin has the ‘P’ mintmark behind the head of Washington.

The reverse, designed by U.S. Mint AIP artist Emily Damstra, includes a depiction of the Regal fritillary. This species of butterfly is most common in North America within tallgrass prairie ecosystems and other areas of wide-open fields and wild grass.

Who is Emily Damstra?

“I joined the AIP because coin and medal design is a competitive field that demands I deliver my best work; because I enjoy the diversity of subject matter; and because I gain satisfaction from the challenge of visual storytelling.”

Emily Damstra earned an M.F.A. in science illustration from the University of Michigan and embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator. She creates zoological, botanical, anthropological, ecological and paleontological illustrations for diverse clients. Her illustrations are on interpretive signs in museums, zoos and natural areas as well as in many different publications, including:

  • Guide to Great Lakes Fishes by Gerald R. Smith (University of Michigan Press 2010)
  • The Atlantic Coast; A Natural History by Harry Thurston (Greystone Books 2011)

She designed more than a dozen coins for the Royal Canadian Mint and a few postage stamps for the United Nations Postal Administration.

Damstra has always lived in the Great Lakes region, where she gains inspiration from and a deep appreciation for nature through gardening, hiking, volunteering and exploring the beautiful local environment.

Coin Design Credits

  • 2021 American Eagle Silver Coin Program – reverse
  • 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program – Massachusetts reverse
  • 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve reverse
  • 2019 American Innovation $1 Coin Program – Georgia reverse
  • 2019 Native American $1 Coin – reverse
  • 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness reverse
  • 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program – Common obverse
  • 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program – Common reverse
  • 2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Program – Silver obverse
  • 2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Program – Silver reverse

Medal Design Credits

  • Steve Gleason Congressional Gold Medal – reverse

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