The 2019 American Memorial America the Beautiful Silver Uncirculated Coin will be released by the United States Mint as the second of five 2019-dated strikes of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ series. Showcased on the reverse of the coin will be a design emblematic of American Memorial Park located in the United States territory of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The United States Mint strikes this series of coins as the numismatic versions of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™ Program. Thus, they feature the same basic designs and specifications as the bullion coins including a composition of five ounces of .999 fine silver and a diameter of three inches.
Coins of both series take their design from a third US Mint series – the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. This includes an obverse portrait of George Washington. The portrait was designed by John Flanagan and first appeared on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar. With minor variations, it has appeared on the quarter ever since.
Congress authorized the quarters and bullion coins with the passage of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. This act became Public Law 110-456 when it was signed by President George W. Bush on December 23, 2008.
This series of silver uncirculated coins was authorized indirectly by Congress. It gave the Secretary of the Treasury the power to "prepare and distribute numismatic items" in 31 U.S.C. §5111(a) (3). The Secretary of the Treasury oversees the United States Mint.
Design candidates for the American Memorial Silver Uncirculated Coin should be released by the United States Mint in mid-2018. These candidates will be reviewed by groups such as the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee and the United States Commission of Fine Arts before the US Mint Director will make a recommendation for final approval. The Secretary of the Treasury will then make the final selection.
This selection should be unveiled by the US Mint in late 2018.
American Memorial Park of the Northern Mariana Islands
American Memorial Park is located on the island of Saipan in the United States territory of the Northern Mariana Islands. It was officially established on August 18, 1978.
The park consists of 133 acres and is operated as a living memorial to the 4,000 US military personnel and local islanders who lost their lives during the Marianas Campaign of World War II. As a living memorial, recreational activities are offered at the site such as biking, running, hiking, tennis and swimming.
A flag monument and World War II museum is also available at the park.
The National Park Service uses the following descriptive paragraph for the park:
Welcome, "Comprende yan untungho put y National Park."
"American Memorial Park honors the American and Marianas people who gave their lives during the Marianas Campaign of World War II. 5,204 names are inscribed on a memorial which was dedicated during the 50th anniversary of the Invasion of Saipan. Within the 133-acre boundary are white beaches, sports, picnic sites, playgrounds, walkways, and a 30-acre protected wetland and mangrove forest."