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2015 Kisatchie ATB Silver Coins

The United States Mint (US Mint) has recently released both versions of the 2015 Kisatchie 5 oz Silver Coin in order to commemorate the Kisatchie National Forest, namely the 2015 Kisatchie 5 Oz ATB Silver Bullion Coin and the 2015 Kisatchie 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin. We discuss these coins and the product options available in this article.

2015 Kisatchie ATB Silver Coin

The 2015 Kisatchie ATB silver coins are the 27th overall release in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program (ATB Quarters Program). This overall released kicked off with the release of the bullion issue or 2015 Homestead 5 Oz Silver Bullion Coin on April the 21st this year, which is now sold out at the mint. This while it concluded with the release of the collector version or 2015 Homestead 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin on April the 28th last month.

The 2015 Kisatchie ATB silver coin is the second issue of 2015 5 oz ATB silver coins. This will be followed by other releases of 2015 ATB silver coins later this year that will feature: Blue Ridge Parkway (NC), Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (DE) and the Saratoga National Historical Park (NY). Sales of the 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway ATB silver coin is expected to kick off on June 22nd this year.

What is the America the Beautiful Quarters Program?

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program of the US Mint kicked off in 2010 and features designs of national parks and other national sites within the States. The 2015 Kisatchie 5 oz ATB silver coins form part of this coin program or coin series.

What is the difference(s) between the bullion issue and the collector issue?

It is important to differentiate between bullion issue and collector issue ATB 5 oz silver coins. If not, then it easy to fall prey to the sales tactics of unscrupulous dealers, where bullion issue coins are sold as low mintage, vapor blasted collector issue coins. Besides differences in mintage figures, main differences between the bullion issue and collector issue ATB 5 oz silver coins include, but are not limited to:

  • If you don’t see a “P” mintmark to the right of the bow in Washington’s hair, then it is a bullion issue coin. All collector issue ATB coins have the “P” mintmark.
  • Bullion issue coins are sold in monster boxes, while collector issue coins are sold individually packaged in display boxes by the mint.
  • The collector issue coins are ‘vapor blasted’, leaving the coins with a matte finish. Vapor blasting when it comes to coins is a process where the surface of the die is mottled, leaving it with an even, satiny texture. The dies of the bullion issue are not specially treated or receives no special treatment. This leaves bullion issue coins with an uncirculated to semi-proof like texture or brilliant finish.

Obverse – 2015 Kisatchie ATB Silver Coins

The obverse of each 2015 Kisatchie ATB silver coin, regardless of the issue, features a side portrait or effigy of George Washington and the inscriptions: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “LIBERTY”, “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “QUARTER DOLLAR”. As noted above, all collector issue ATB silver coins have the “P” mintmark. This mintmark is that of the Philadelphia Mint and appears on the obverse of all collector issue ATB silver coins.

2015 Kisatchie ATB Silver Coin - Obverse

2015 Kisatchie ATB Silver Coin – Obverse

Reverse – 2015 Kisatchie ATB Silver Coins

The reverse of each 2015 Kisatchie ATB silver coin, regardless of the issue, features a wild turkey in flight, blue stem grass and long leaf pine trees, which can all be found in the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana.

The reverse design of each 2015 Kisatchie ATB silver coin also includes the following inscriptions: “KISATCHIE”, “LOUISIANA”, “2015” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM”.

2015 Kisatchie ATB Silver Coin - Reverse

2015 Kisatchie ATB Silver Coin – Reverse

Kisatchie National Forest

The Kisatchie National Forest, established on June 10, 1930, is a 604,000 acres national park in Louisiana run and managed by the United States Forest Service.

Interesting enough, the Kisatchie National Forest is not only the largest piece of natural landscape that remains in Louisiana, but the only national park that can be found there. It is said that more than half of it is made up of Longleaf Pine, scientifically known as Pinus palustris, and flatwoods. Flatwoods is the terminology used to refer to a specific ecosystem in the Southeastern coastal plain of North America. Flatwoods consist of Longleaf Pine, Slash Pine (Pinus elliotii) and flammable evergreen shrubs such as the Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) and Gallberry (Ilex glabra), an ecosystem that are maintained by wildfire or prescribed fire. It also boast a high diversity of herb species.

Kisatchie National Forest

Kisatchie National Forest – Source of Image: Synotrip.com

The mentioned ecosystem is vital to the survival of several rare animal and plant species, not even to mention rare habitats such as calcareous prairies and hillside seepage bogs. The Louisiana pearlshell mussel, Louisiana pine snake, the Red-cockaded woodpecker and the Louisiana black bear count among the rare animal species that can be found there. In fact, to give you an idea of the animal life that the Kisatchie National Forest supports, biologists discovered no less than “155 species of breeding or overwintering birds, 48 mammal species, 56 reptile species and 30 amphibian species” (Wikipedia). This while the plant species include wild orchids such as the Rose Pogonia and carnivorous plants such as the Pale pitcher plant.

Louisiana black bear

Louisiana black bear – Source of Image: Red Beans And Life

It should therefore not come as much of a surprise that the Kisatchie National Forest also plays a vital role in the protection of representative examples of the landscape of northern Louisiana, especially those that are part of the South Central Plains Ecoregion.

Recreation Activities

The Kisatchie National Forest also offers various recreation activities, including: all-terrain vehicle trails, backpacking, bird watching, boating, camping, canoeing, cycling, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking, photography, picnicing and swimming.

Backbone Trail Kisatchie National Forest

Backbone Trail Kisatchie National Forest – Source of Image: Men’s Journal

There are no less than 40 developed recreation sites in the forest and trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trails are combined over a 100 miles (160 km) long.

Mintage

The maximum authorized mintage of both versions of the 2015 Kisatchie 5 oz Silver Coin are 65,000. The bullion version is normally minted to demand, while the collector or numismatic version, the uncirculated one with a ‘vapor blasted’ matte finish, has a maximum authorized mintage of 30,000.

Thus, given the fact that the 2015 Kisatchie 5 Oz Silver Bullion Coin is now sold-out at the mint with sales standing at 42,000 coins sold, logic dictates that a maximum of only 23,000 of the collector version can possibly be sold. The last time I checked about 7,000 of the collector version 2015 Kisatchie ATB silver coins were still available for sale at the Mint.

Why should you be interested in 2015 Homestead 5 Oz ATB Silver Coins?

  • High silver content – Each coin contains 5 troy ounces of three nines fine silver (.999).
  • Part of ongoing America the Beautiful Quarters Program or coin series that features national parks and other national sites.
  • Fits all budgets – Bullion issue and collector issue coins available at different prices.
  • Low Mintage – The bullion issue is minted to demand, but the collector issue has a maximum authorized mintage of 23,000 coins (given the above mentioned 65,000 limit).

Specs

  • Metal: 5 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver.
  • Diameter: 3 inches.
  • Thickness: 0.165 inch (4.19 mm).
  • Edge: Flat and lettered (incused with “.999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.”
  • Denomination: Quarter.
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Mintage: Bullion issue (sold out at 42,000), collector issue (23,000 maximum).
  • Mintmark: Bullion issue (none), collector issue (“P” mintmark or Philadelphia Mint).

Ordering and Pricing

Both bullion issue and collector issue 2015 5 oz ATB Kisatchie Silver Coins are available for sale at competitive prices.

The 2015 Kisatchie 5 Oz Silver Bullion Coin, unlike the collector issue, cannot be bought directly from the Mint, but only from participating US Mint authorized distributors and those who buy these coins from authorized dealers for re-distribution.

2015 5 oz. .999 fine silver America The Beautiful (ATB) Kisatchie National Forest - Roll of 10 - GEM BU

2015 5 oz. .999 fine silver America The Beautiful (ATB) Kisatchie National Forest – Roll of 10 – GEM BU

One such authorized dealer, ModernCoinMart (MCM), offers bullion issue 2015 ATB Kisatchie Silver Coins in various options at competitive prices. This is not even to mention the fact that MCM offers free domestic shipping on all their products on a permanent basis, accepts orders of all sizes, ships to various countries across the globe and accept payment via non-US PayPal accounts as well. In short, unlike many other US-based dealers, MCM caters to investors and collectors, both locally and internationally. Be sure to consider all the bullion issue ATB coin options MCM has available here.

2015 5 oz. .999 fine silver America the Beautiful (ATB) Kisatchie 25C NGC MS69 DPL

2015 5 oz. .999 fine silver America the Beautiful (ATB) Kisatchie 25C NGC MS69 DPL

On the other hand, if you fancy a 2015 Kisatchie 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin of which no more than 23,000 is authorized to see first light, given the combined authorized limit of 65,000 coins and 42,000 of the bullion issue sold, then you have the option to grab yours directly from the US Mint in Original Government Packaging (OGP) at a price of $149.95 per coin, excluding shipping. This is a basic option where the coin comes in special US Mint packing, including a coin capsule.