The United States of America had issued this quarter dollar commemorative coin with the theme of Vicksburg National Military Park in the year 2011. This quarter dollar is the fourth released in the year 2011 and ninth overall in the American Beautiful Quarter Dollar Program.
Vicksburg National Park is situated in Vicksburg, Mississippi; it also commemorates the greater Vicksburg Campaign which led up to the battle. This National Park commemorates one of the most decisive Civil War battles; the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg. This park includes around 1325 historical monuments, 144 emplaced cannons, gunboats, Grant’s site etc. They have reconstructed all the fort and trenches which evoke the memories of the 47th-day siege that ended in the surrender of the city.
The obverse of this coin has a portrait of George Washington (the first president of United States of America from 1789 to 1797) facing towards left; with the inscription ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’ at the top’ inscription ‘LIBERTY’ and ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ written to the left and right side of the coin and ‘QUARTER DOLLAR’ written at the bottom.
The reverse of the coin depicts U.S.S Cairo on the Yazoo River as it would have been seen when it served the U.S. Navy during the Civil War.
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