America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins

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America the Beautiful
Silver Bullion Coin
United States
Value 0.25 U.S. dollar
Mass 155.5 g (5.00 troy oz)
Diameter 76.2 mm (3 in)
Thickness 3.25 mm (0.128 in)
Edge Plain with incuse inscriptions
Composition 99.9% Ag
Years of minting 2010–present
Obverse
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Design George Washington
Designer  John Flanagan (1932 version) from a 1786 bust by Houdon / William Cousins (modification to Flanagan's design)
Design date 1999
Reverse
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Design Yellowstone
Designer Don Everhart
Design date June 1, 2010

The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins comprise a series of silver bullion coins with a face value of a quarter dollar. The coins contain five troy ounces of silver, making them the largest silver bullion coins ever issued by the United States Mint. The design of the coins duplicate exactly—though enlarged—each of the America the Beautiful Quarters. They have been issued since 2010 and will continue to be issued until at least 2021. The coins are available for sale during the year in which their corresponding circulating coin is issued. The coins are distributed by the United States Mint's network of authorized bullion dealers, and may be resold at the discretion of the Director of the National Park Service.

Differences between coin and bullion version[edit]

There are four main differences between the coin version (for collectors) and the bullion version (for investors).

  • The main one is about the mint mark: under the "In God we trust" inscription there is a letter in the collectors version (P for Philadelphia, S if it's proof uncirculated); in the investors version this letter is not present.
  • in the collector version press drums should be more polished, so it will result in a more detailed and precise minting
  • collector version has an uncirculated matte finish, made by vapor blast; investor version, on the contrary has a brilliant finish
  • collector version comes with a certificate of authenticity from the mint and inside a box; investor version, conversely, comes as it is

As of the last part of 2013, there are not considerable price differences between the two versions.

Design[edit]

A normal sized quarter (left) sitting next to a bullion coin in a plastic holder (right).

The obverse of all the coins will depict George Washington in a restored version of the portrait created by John Flanagan for the 1932 Washington Quarter, while the reverse is set to feature five new designs annually (one in 2021), each depicting a national park or national site (one from each state, the federal district, and each territory). Unlike the reeded edge of the normal quarter, the silver coins have a smooth edge inscribed with the coin specifications: .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.

Legislative history[edit]

The program is authorized by Title II of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.

Minting history[edit]

A new coining press from Germany was installed on March 1, 2010, at the Philadelphia Mint for use in producing the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins. The press provides up to 1,000 metric tons (1,100 short tons) of pressure for each strike and can produce in excess of 1 million coins per year. Silver planchets for the series will be supplied by Sunshine Minting.[1]

In conjunction with the April 27, 2010, meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee in Philadelphia, committee members were shown examples of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins.[2]

Coins released to date in the Series[edit]

# Year State/territory Site Mintage[3]
1 2010 Arkansas Hot Springs National Park 33,000
2 2010 Wyoming Yellowstone National Park 33,000
3 2010 California Yosemite National Park 33,000
4 2010 Arizona Grand Canyon National Park 33,000
5 2010 Oregon Mount Hood National Forest 33,000
6 2011 Pennsylvania Gettysburg National Military Park 126,700
7 2011 Montana Glacier National Park 126,700
8 2011 Washington Olympic National Park 104,900
9 2011 Mississippi Vicksburg National Military Park 58,100
10 2011 Oklahoma Chickasaw National Recreation Area 48,700
11 2012 Puerto Rico El Yunque National Forest 24,000
12 2012 New Mexico Chaco Culture National Historical Park 24,400
13 2012 Maine Acadia National Park 25,400
14 2012 Hawai'i Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park 20,000
15 2012 Alaska Denali National Park 20,000
16 2013 New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest 35,000
17 2013 Ohio Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial 30,000
18 2013 Nevada Great Basin National Park 30,000
19 2013 Maryland Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 30,000
20 2013 South Dakota Mount Rushmore National Memorial 35,000
21 2014 Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park TBA
22 2014 Virginia Shenandoah National Park TBA
23 2014 Utah Arches National Park TBA
24 2014 Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park TBA
25 2014 Florida Everglades National Park TBA

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Numismatic News (February 26, 2010). "Press Purchased for New Silver Coins". Numismaster.com. Archived from the original on 9 March 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Harper, Dave (April 28, 2010). "CCAC Makes History on Twitter". Buzz with Dave Harper. Numismatic News. Archived from the original on 16 May 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bullion Sales/Mintage Figures - 2014 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion 5 oz Coins Bullion". United States Mint. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 

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