• 25 Cents 2011, KM# 497, United States of America (USA), America the Beautiful Quarters Program, Mississippi, Vicksburg National Military Park
  • 25 Cents 2011, KM# 497, United States of America (USA), America the Beautiful Quarters Program, Mississippi, Vicksburg National Military Park
Description

The America the Beautiful Quarters are a series of 25-cent pieces (quarters) issued by the United States Mint from 2010 until at least 2021.

Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates one of the pivotal battles of the Civil War — the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg. Surrender on July 4, 1863, coupled with the fall of Port Hudson, split the South, giving control of the Mississippi River to the North. The museum exhibits at the park depict the hardships of civilians and soldiers during the devastating 47-day siege of the city. More than 1,350 monuments, a national cemetery and the restored Union ironclad gunboat, the U.S.S. Cairo, mark the 25,7 km (16-mile) tour road.

Quarters are issued depicting designs of national parks and sites in the order of which that park or site was deemed a national site. Release date (national site date): August 29, 2011 (February 21, 1899).

Obverse

A head of George Washington, the first President of the United States, facing left.

Designer: John Flanagan (JF), 1932 version from a 1786 bust by Houdon / William Cousins.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN
GOD WE
TRUST
LIBERTY
P
JF
QUARTER DOLLAR

Reverse

Depicts the U.S.S. Cairo on the Yazoo River as it would have been seen when it served the Union Navy during the Civil War.

USS Cairo was one of the first American ironclad warships, built for the Union Navy at the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. Cairo was the lead ship of the City-class gunboats, and named for Cairo, Illinois. In June 1862, she captured the Confederate garrison of Fort Pillow on the Mississippi, enabling Union forces to occupy Memphis. As part of the Yazoo Pass Expedition, she was sunk on 12 December 1862 while clearing mines for the attack on Haines Bluff, and was the first ship ever to be sunk by a mine remotely detonated by hand (an electronically detonated "torpedo"), which ushered in a new age of naval warfare.

The hulk of the Cairo can be viewed at Vicksburg National Military Park, together with a museum of its weapons and naval stores.

Designer: Thomas Cleveland (TC)
Engraver: Joseph Menna (JFM)

VICKSBURG
TC JFM
MISSISSIPPI 2011 E PLURIBUS UNUM

Edge

25 Cents

Washington Quarter

America the Beautiful Quarters Program
Mississippi, Vicksburg National Military Park

Subscribe series
KM# 497 Schön# 489
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Copper Nickel Clad Copper
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 24.26 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mints
Denver Mint (D)
Philadelphia Mint (P)
San Francisco Mint (S)

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