Forsythe's Silver Statehood Proofs
2005-S SILVER WEST VIRGINIA
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||QUARTER DOLLARS - STATES & TERRITORIES - PROOF
||25C 2005 S SILVER WEST VIRGINIA
||NGC PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Caption: "New River Gorge"
Release date: October 14, 2005
Entered Statehood: June 20, 1863
Reverse: New River Gorge Bridge.
Engraver: John Mercanti
Interesting fact: The New River Gorge Bridge is a steel-arch bridge, near Fayetteville, West Virginia, United States. With a length of 3,030 feet (924 m), it was for many years the longest in the world of that type. It is now the third largest arch bridge in the world. Its arch extends 1,700 feet (518 m). Part of U.S. Route 19, it is crossed by an average of 16,200 motor vehicles per day. Its construction marked the completion of Corridor L. In 2005, the structure was further immortalized when a depiction of the span was placed on the West Virginia state quarter. The New River Gorge Bridge carries US 19 over the New River at a height of 876 feet (267 m), making it the highest vehicular bridge in the Americas, and the second-highest in the world. Before the 2004 opening of the Millau Viaduct in France, it was the highest in the world.