The 2021 Tuskegee Airmen America the Beautiful Silver Uncirculated Coin will be released by the United States Mint in 2021 as the last of fifty-six strikes issued as part of the original America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ series. Showcased on the reverse of the coin will be a design emblematic of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site located in the state of Alabama.
Coins of this series debuted with five 2010-dated strikes. Additional coins of the series are featured at a rate of five per year until 2021 when this Tuskegee Airmen Coin is scheduled to be issued.
At that time, the fifty-six coins scheduled as part of the original series will have been released, effectively ending the program. However, there is a chance the series would be extended for another complete eleven year, fifty-six coin run.
That is because these coins are struck as the numismatic versions of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™. The bullion coins, in turn, are struck as large bullion versions of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
When Congress authorized the quarters and the bullion coins together under the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, it allowed for the quarter series to be extended at the discretion of the Secretary of the Treasury.
This decision must be made by the end of the ninth year of the program, or 2018, with the intent made known to Congress. If the quarter series is extended, the US Mint may also opt to extend the bullion coins as well as these uncirculated coins.
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is located in Tuskegee, Alabama. It was officially established on November 6, 1998.
This site commemorates the important contributions of the African American Airmen who were trained at the location during World War II. These men were the first African Americans to become military aviators in the US Armed forces.
In combat, these men served with distinction. After painting the tails red on their planes, they became known as the "Red-Tail Angels" by many in the bomber squadrons which they were sent to protect.
Their record includes 111 enemy aircraft destroyed in air, 150 enemy aircraft destroyed on land and 148 enemy aircraft damaged.