The Great Sand Dunes 5 oz Silver America the Beautiful .999 fine Silver coin is the 4th coin of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin Program released by the U.S. Mint in 2014 and the 24th coin overall in the series! The Great Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado is known for the tallest sand dunes in North America and was officially established as a National Park in 2004, though it was designated as a national monument in 1932. The Dunes were molded from many years of sand from dried up lake beds blowing from predominantly southwestern winds and storm winds blowing in the opposite direction, which is why the dunes have grown so high. The extremely strong wind is the primary force behind the shape of the dunes, which change daily because of it. There are several streams, as seen on this coin, which erode the dune fields. The sand particles are then swept downstream until the water disappears and the particles are left on the surface. Because of this, the sand is often wet, just a few inches below the surface. Visitors to the park often bring sleds and specially made sand boards to try and ride down the dunes, however, the best results are had when the surface itself is wet. Visitors are also advised to wear sturdy close-toed footwear as the sand can reach temperatures of over 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Product Number: ATBGS339
Grade: Brilliant Uncirculated