This week's featured coin is a 1999 commemorative coin celebrating Yellowstone national park.
Yellowstone became a U.S. national park on March 1, 1872 and encompases 3,468 square miles of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho - an area larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. 1,700 species of trees and plants are native to the park as well as almost 60 species of mammals.
The obverse of the coin features an image of Old Faithful designed by Edgar Z. Steever. Old Faithful is a cone shaped geyser that has become a popular symbol of the park. Eruptions can shoot 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of water up to 185 feet in the air, and last from 1.5 to 5 minutes.
The reverse of the coin shows a buffalo surrounded by a sun rising over the mountains. It was designed by William C. Cousins.
23,614 coins were minted, with a value of $56.00 in MS-65 condition.
Denomination - Dollar
Country - United States
Coinage Type - Commemorative Coinage (1982-Present)
Mint - U.S. Mint
Composition - Silver
Fineness - 0.9
Weight - 26.73 g 0.7734 oz ASW