Following the release of the 2016 Cumberland Gap 3 coin set earlier this week, the US Mint has now made available the 5oz silver coin of the same design.
The second release for the year, the first being the Shawnee National Park coins, and the 32nd overall in the series.
The America the Beautiful Quarters program has been running since 2010 and will have 56 designs by the time the program concludes. There are three more releases planned for 2016. These will feature the : Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Fort Sumter National Monument(aka Fort Moultrie). The program is set to run until 2021.
Today sees the release of the 5oz(155.517 grams) silver coin bearing the same design of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter dollar coin. That of a frontiersmen gazing out over the untamed wilderness , while holding his rifle. The Cumberland Gap in the background with the legend "FIRST DOORWAY TO THE WEST" inscribed in the field to the left. This 76.2mm(3inches) coin is struck from.999 Fineness silver and is released encapsulated in a modest black presentation box.
The coin is currently listed by the US Mint at $149.95 each.
The Cumberland Gap was considered as the gateway to the West, into the wilderness of Kentucky. The pass, which is little more than a narrow break in the Appalachian Mountains, was known to Native Americans for years. Settlers only began to use the pass after a team of frontiersmen, led by Daniel Boone, explored the area after 1750. The area in now contained in the Cumberland Gap