Shawnee National Forest is the first release in 2016 of the America the Beautiful series. The Shawnee contains 5 oz of .999 fine Silver and guaranteed by the U.S. Mint.
Shawnee National Forest as described by the U.S. Mint
“The Shawnee National Forest hosts the most acreage of any natural area in the state of Illinois. Its large, public open spaces offer many recreation opportunities including big-game hunting, long-distance pedestrian and equestrian trails, orienteering, bird watching, rock-climbing, beach recreation, and two National Scenic Byways: the Ohio River and the Great River Road. The forest also has some of the largest and most diverse blocks of mature hardwoods and forest interior habitats of national forests. An abundance of wetlands, floodplains and riparian areas enhances water quality and provides important wetland habitats for migrating waterfowl in the Mississippi flyway. It was established as a national site in 1939.
The design depicts a close view of Camel Rock with natural vegetation in the foreground and a red-tailed hawk soaring in the sky overhead. Inscriptions are “SHAWNEE,” “ILLINOIS,” “2016” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Shawnee National Forest.”