Representing one of two military parks featured on the quarter series for the year, the 2011 Vicksburg Quarter continues the broader series highlighting a federally designated site in each of the 50 states, 5 U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia. The site was selected for the state of Mississippi.
The Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter will feature a reverse design features a striking view of the U.S.S. Cairo, a City class ironclad gunboat of the Union Army. Inscriptions include "Vicksburg", "Mississippi", the motto "E Pluribus Unum", and the date of issue "2011". The reverse was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The United States Secretary of the Treasury selected the design from amongst four other design candidates depicting scenes or monuments from the famous Civil War campaign.
Following the format of the broader series, the obverse features a portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan.
The release date for the Vicksburg Quarter is expected to be August 29, 2011. The coins will be issued for general circulation, as well as made available through a variety of US Mint numismatic products. Precious metals investors will also be able to purchase a 5 ounce silver bullion coin bearing a duplicate design of the quarter.
Designer: John Flanagan (obverse), Thomas Cleveland (reverse)
Mints: Philadelphia (P mint mark), Denver (D mint mark), and San Francisco (S mint mark)
Weight: 5.67 g
Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (clad), 90% silver, 10% copper (silver proof)
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Thickness: 1.75 mm
More Information: America the Beautiful Quarters