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
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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
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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 duplicates 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 three main differences between the Uncirculated and Bullion versions of the coin:

  • Under the "In God we trust" inscription, the Uncirculated coins feature a "P" symbol representing the Philadelphia mint whereas the Bullion coins do not have a mint mark.
  • Uncirculated coins are vapor blasted after minting, giving them a matte finish, while Bullion coins have a shinier finish.
  • The Uncirculated coin comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Mint and is placed inside a plastic capsule and then in a box; the Bullion version is shipped in tubes of 10 coins. The tubes are shipped by the mint in "monster boxes", ten tubes to a box, and the contents are sold at the retailer's discretion.


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

All coins in the series feature a common obverse depicting George Washington in a restored version of the portrait created by John Flanagan for the 1932 Washington Quarter, while the reverse feature five individual designs for each year of the program (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 No. State/territory Site Bullion Mintage[3]
2010 1 Arkansas Hot Springs National Park 33,000
2 Wyoming Yellowstone National Park 33,000
3 California Yosemite National Park 33,000
4 Arizona Grand Canyon National Park 33,000
5 Oregon Mount Hood National Forest 33,000
2011 6 Pennsylvania Gettysburg National Military Park 126,700
7 Montana Glacier National Park 126,700
8 Washington Olympic National Park 104,900
9 Mississippi Vicksburg National Military Park 58,100
10 Oklahoma Chickasaw National Recreation Area 48,700
2012 11 Puerto Rico El Yunque National Forest 24,000
12 New Mexico Chaco Culture National Historical Park 24,400
13 Maine Acadia National Park 25,400
14 Hawai'i Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park 20,000
15 Alaska Denali National Park 20,000
2013 16 New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest 35,000
17 Ohio Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial 30,000
18 Nevada Great Basin National Park 30,000
19 Maryland Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 30,000
20 South Dakota Mount Rushmore National Memorial 35,000
2014 21 Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park 33,000
22 Virginia Shenandoah National Park 28,000
23 Utah Arches National Park 22,000
24 Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park 22,000
25 Florida Everglades National Park 34,000
2015 26 Nebraska Homestead National Monument of America 35,000
27 Louisiana Kisatchie National Forest 42,000
28 North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway 45,000
29 Delaware Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge TBA
30 New York Saratoga National Historical Park TBA

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Numismatic News (February 26, 2010). "Press Purchased for New Silver Coins". 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 - 2015 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion 5 oz Coins Bullion". United States Mint. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 

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