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Effigy Mounds National Monument protects one of the largest remaining concentrations of ancient American Indian earthworks in the United States. It is the first release of 2017 in the U.S. Mint's popular 5 oz Silver bullion America the Beautiful series. Obverse: Portrait of George Washington originally designed by John Flanagan, with the inscriptions of "United States of America", "Liberty", "In God We Trust" and "Quarter Dollar". Reverse: Depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. Inscriptions are “EFFIGY MOUNDS,” “IOWA,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” Guaranteed by the U.S. Mint Effigy Mounds National Monument Established in 1949 the park is considered a sacred landscape by members of many modern-day tribes whose ancestors once lived here. The majority of the mounds were constructed between one thousand and two thousand years ago — often to inter the dead, but sometimes for ceremonial purposes, or to tell important stories. Today, Effigy Mounds National Monument offers an excellent view of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers, and is home to a wide diversity of flora and fauna and helped shape the lifestyles and the belief systems of the moundbuilders. The park is home to more than 200 mounds in a wide variety of forms, including more than 30 animal or bird-shaped “effigy” mounds for which the park is named. Often more than 100 feet long individually, many of these animal and bird shaped mounds are perched high atop rugged bluffs overlooking the adjacent Mississippi River. Aside from preserving these tangible links to an ancient and highly creative people, the park features outstanding views of the Mississippi River Valley, and hosts many of the native plant and animal communities that sustained people in this area for millennia. Year : 2017 MintMark: None Grade: Brilliant Uncirculated Denomination: $0.25 Diameter: 76.2 mm Thickness: 4.064 mm Weight: 5 Troy Ounces 999 Silver Comes in Plastic Capsule Holder.
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