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2016 Cumberland Gap Nat'l Historical Park - Denver - Uncirculated in Capsule
2016 Cumberland Gap Nat'l Historical Park - Denver - Uncirculated in Capsule


 
Our Price: $0.99
Year: 2016
Mint(s): Denver
Composition: Copper Nickel
Diameter: 24.3 mm

Product Code: 30628
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2016 Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter
Thirty-Second in the America the Beautiful Quarters Collection

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky is featured on the second of five America the Beautiful Quarters issued in 2016. The coin is also the thirty-second in the overall collection; the series started in 2010 and coins are issued at the rate of five per year.

The region now preserved as Cumberland Gap National Historical Park played a key role in America’s early history. The centerpiece is Cumberland Gap, an opening in the Appalachian Mountains that was used for centuries by Native Americans and wildlife as a shortcut over the mountains.

In colonial times, Cumberland Gap provided the only practical route from Virginia to what was then known as the American West. The route was made easier to traverse when frontiersman Daniel Boone cleared the Wilderness Road in 1775, and more than 300,000 pioneers used the Cumberland Gap between 1775 and 1810 to start new lives in the western frontiers of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is about 26 miles long and includes portions of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia where the three states meet. The most popular locations include White Rocks Overlook and Pinnacle Overlook that provide panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The park is also renowned for many miles of limestone caves, the most famous of which is Gap Cave. Wildlife, including black bears, is abundant, and many visitors enjoy exploring more than 80 miles of hiking trails.

The design of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter features a frontiersman armed with a long rifle (also known as a Kentucky rifle) as he crosses west through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. Mountain scenery can be seen in the background, and the inscription identifies Cumberland Gap as the “First Doorway to the West.”

U.S. Mint artists submitted five suggested designs to the advisory committees that review all U.S. coin designs. In addition to the selected design, one showed a modern visitor at Pinnacle Overlook with a majestic landscape in the background; another featured Indian Rock, a landmark for travelers but also a place where they were vulnerable to attack from Native Americans; the third design included a white-tailed deer in the foreground with Cumberland Gap in the background; the final design was footprints on a path to symbolize Cumberland Gap as the first doorway to the West.

This is the Denver Minted, Uncirculated quarter in a capsule.

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