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 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 uncirculated and bullion versions[edit]

There are three main differences between the uncirculated and bullion versions of the coin:

  • 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.
  • Uncirculated coins are vapor blasted after minting, giving them a matte finish, while bullion coins have a shinier finish.
  • Under the "In God We Trust" inscription, the uncirculated coins feature a "P" mint mark representing the Philadelphia mint whereas the bullion coins do not have a mint mark.

Design[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Coins released to date in the Series[edit]

Year No. State/territory Site US Mint Item# Release Date Bullion Mintage[4] Uncirculated Mintage
2010 1 Arkansas Hot Springs National Park NP1 4/19/2010 33,000 27,000
2 Wyoming Yellowstone National Park NP2 6/1/2010 33,000 27,000
3 California Yosemite National Park NP3 7/26/2010 33,000 27,000
4 Arizona Grand Canyon National Park NP4 9/20/2010 33,000 26,019
5 Oregon Mount Hood National Forest NP5 11/15/2010 33,000 26,928
2011 6 Pennsylvania Gettysburg National Military Park NP6 1/24/2011 126,700 24,625
7 Montana Glacier National Park NP7 4/4/2011 126,700 20,856
8 Washington Olympic National Park NP8 6/13/2011 104,900 18,398
9 Mississippi Vicksburg National Military Park NP9 8/29/2011 58,100 18,594
10 Oklahoma Chickasaw National Recreation Area NP10 11/14/2011 48,700 16,827
2012 11 Puerto Rico El Yunque National Forest NQ0 1/23/2012 24,000 17,314
12 New Mexico Chaco Culture National Historical Park NQ1 4/2/2012 24,400 17,146
13 Maine Acadia National Park NQ2 6/11/2012 25,400 14,978
14 Hawai'i Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park NQ3 8/27/2012 20,000 14,863
15 Alaska Denali National Park NQ4 11/5/2012 20,000 15,225
2013 16 New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest NQ5 1/28/2013 35,000 20,530
17 Ohio Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial NQ6 4/1/2013 30,000 17,707
18 Nevada Great Basin National Park NQ7 6/10/2013 30,000 17,792
19 Maryland Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine NQ8 8/27/2013 30,000 19,802
20 South Dakota Mount Rushmore National Memorial NQ9 11/4/2013 35,000 23,547
2014 21 Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park NR1 1/27/2014 33,000 24,710
22 Virginia Shenandoah National Park NR2 3/31/2014 28,000 28,451
23 Utah Arches National Park NR3 6/9/2014 22,000 28,434
24 Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park NR4 8/25/2014 22,000 24,103
25 Florida Everglades National Park NR5 11/3/2014 34,000 22,732
2015 26 Nebraska Homestead National Monument of America SN1 2/9/2015 35,000 21,286
27 Louisiana Kisatchie National Forest SN2 4/13/2015 42,000 19,449
28 North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway SN3 6/22/2015 45,000 17,461
29 Delaware Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge SN4 9/14/2015 45,000 17,309
30 New York Saratoga National Historical Park SN5 11/16/2015 45,000 17,563
2016 31 Illinois Shawnee National Forest 16AJ 2/1/2016 105,000 18,781
32 Kentucky Cumberland Gap National Historical Park 16AK 4/4/2016 75,000 18,713
33 West Virginia Harpers Ferry National Historical Park 16AL 6/6/2016 48,000 18,896
34 North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park 16AM 8/29/2016 40,000 18,917
35 South Carolina Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) 16AN 11/14/2016 35,000 17,563+
2017 36 Iowa Effigy Mounds National Monument 17AJ 2/6/2017 35,000 15,906+
37 District of Columbia Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 17AK 4/3/2017 20,000 15,906+
38 Missouri Ozark National Scenic Riverways 17AL 6/5/2017 20,000 15,187+
39 New Jersey Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) 17AM 8/28/2017 40,000 16,109+
40 Indiana George Rogers Clark National Historical Park 11/13/2017* 30,900 TBA
2018 41 Michigan Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore TBA TBA TBA
42 Wisconsin Apostle Islands National Lakeshore TBA TBA TBA
43 Minnesota Voyageurs National Park TBA TBA TBA
44 Georgia Cumberland Island National Seashore TBA TBA TBA
45 Rhode Island Block Island National Wildlife Refuge TBA TBA TBA
2019 46 Massachusetts Lowell National Historical Park TBA TBA TBA
47 Northern Mariana Island American Memorial Park TBA TBA TBA
48 Guam War in the Pacific National Historical Park TBA TBA TBA
49 Texas San Antonio Missions National Historical Park TBA TBA TBA
50 Idaho Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness TBA TBA TBA
2020 51 American Samoa National Park of American Samoa TBA TBA TBA
52 Connecticut Weir Farm National Historic Site TBA TBA TBA
53 U.S. Virgin Islands Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve TBA TBA TBA
54 Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park TBA TBA TBA
55 Kansas Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve TBA TBA TBA
2021 56 Alabama Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site TBA TBA TBA

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pub.L. 110–456
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Bullion Sales/Mintage Figures - 2017 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion 5 oz Coins Bullion". United States Mint. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 

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