|Value||0.25 US 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|
|Years of minting||2010–present|
|Designer||John Flanagan (1932 version) from a 1786 bust by Houdon / William Cousins (modification to Flanagan's design)|
|Design||Various; Five designs per year (one in 2021)|
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.
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.
There are three main differences between the uncirculated and bullion versions of the coin:
|Wikisource has original text related to this article:|
The program is authorized by Title II of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.
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.
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.
|Year||No.||State/territory||Site||US Mint Item#||Release Date||Bullion Mintage||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||55,300||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||17,882|
|2017||36||Iowa||Effigy Mounds National Monument||17AJ||2/6/2017||35,000||17,251|
|37||District of Columbia||Frederick Douglass National Historic Site||17AK||4/3/2017||20,000||17,678|
|38||Missouri||Ozark National Scenic Riverways||17AL||6/5/2017||20,000||17,694|
|39||New Jersey||Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument)||17AM||8/28/2017||40,000||17,670+|
|40||Indiana||George Rogers Clark National Historical Park||17AN||11/13/2017||35,000||14,731|
|2018||41||Michigan||Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore||18AJ||02/19/2018||30,000||17,773|
|42||Wisconsin||Apostle Islands National Lakeshore||18AK||04/13/2018||30,000||16,802|
|43||Minnesota||Voyageurs National Park||18AL||06/14/2018||30,000||16,839|
|44||Georgia||Cumberland Island National Seashore||18AM||09/12/2018||52,500||16,376|
|45||Rhode Island||Block Island National Wildlife Refuge||18AN||11/26/2018||80,000||15,912|
|2019||46||Massachusetts||Lowell National Historical Park||19AJ||02/07/2019||80,000||16,645|
|47||Northern Mariana Island||American Memorial Park||19AK||04/04/2019||80,000||16,283|
|48||Guam||War in the Pacific National Historical Park||19AL||06/06/2019||72,500||16,275|
|49||Texas||San Antonio Missions National Historical Park||19AM||08/29/2019||55,200||16,207|
|50||Idaho||Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness||19AN||11/14/2019||25,000||16,417|
|2020||51||American Samoa||National Park of American Samoa||20AJ||02/06/2020||45,000||15,781|
|52||Connecticut||Weir Farm National Historic Site||20AK||05/18/2020||45,000||14,212+|
|53||U.S. Virgin Islands||Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve||20AL||09/18/2020||45,000||13,568|
|54||Vermont||Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park||20AM||11/23/2020||45,000||12,016+|
|55||Kansas||Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve||20AN||TBA||45,000||12,242+|
|2021||56||Alabama||Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site||TBA||TBA||TBA|
The quarter, short for quarter dollar, is a United States coin worth 25 cents, one-quarter of a dollar. It has a diameter of .955 inch (24.26 mm) and a thickness of .069 inch (1.75 mm). The coin sports the profile of George Washington on its obverse, and its reverse design has changed frequently. It has been produced on and off since 1796 and consistently since 1831.
The United States Bicentennial coinage is a set of circulating commemorative coins, consisting of a quarter, half dollar and dollar struck by the United States Mint in 1975 and 1976. Regardless of when struck, each coin bears the double date 1776–1976 on the normal obverses for the Washington quarter, Kennedy half dollar and Eisenhower dollar. No coins dated 1975 of any of the three denominations were minted.
The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States.
The American Gold Eagle is an official gold bullion coin of the United States. Authorized under the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985, it was first released by the United States Mint in 1986. Because the term "eagle" also is the official United States designation for pre-1933 ten dollars gold coins, the weight of the bullion coin is typically used when describing American Gold Eagles to avoid confusion. This is particularly true with the 1/4-oz American Gold Eagle, which has a marked face value of ten dollars.
The American Platinum Eagle is the official platinum bullion coin of the United States. In 1995, Director of the United States Mint Philip N. Diehl, American Numismatic Association President David L. Ganz, and Platinum Guild International Executive Director Jacques Luben began the legislative process of creating the Platinum Eagle. After over two years of work, the 99.95% fine platinum coins were released by the United States Mint in 1⁄10, 1⁄4, 1⁄2 and 1 troy oz denominations. In late 2008, the fractional denominations were discontinued, leaving only the one ounce denomination. The Platinum Eagle is authorized by the United States Congress, and is backed by the United States Mint for weight, content, and purity.
The Morgan dollar was a United States dollar coin minted from 1878 to 1904, in 1921 and 2021. It was the first standard silver dollar minted since the passage of the Coinage Act of 1873, which ended the free coining of silver and the production of the previous design, the Seated Liberty dollar. The coin is named after its designer, United States Mint Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan. The obverse depicts a profile portrait representing Liberty, while the reverse depicts an eagle with wings outstretched. The mint mark, if present, appears on the reverse above the "o" in "Dollar".
The Eisenhower Commemorative silver dollar is a United States commemorative coin minted in 1990 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of General/President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This coin is not to be confused with the Eisenhower Dollar or the Eisenhower Presidential Dollar which were regular issue American coins.
Britannia coins are British bullion coins issued by the Royal Mint in gold since 1987, in silver since 1997, and in platinum since 2018. The coin patterns feature various depictions of Britannia, a feminine personification of the United Kingdom.
The Seated Liberty dollar was a dollar coin struck by the United States Mint from 1840 to 1873 and designed by its chief engraver, Christian Gobrecht. It was the last silver coin of that denomination to be struck before passage of the Coinage Act of 1873, which temporarily ended production of the silver dollar for American commerce. The coin's obverse is based on that of the Gobrecht dollar, which had been minted experimentally from 1836 to 1839. However, the soaring eagle used on the reverse of the Gobrecht dollar was not used; instead, the United States Mint (Mint) used a heraldic eagle, based on a design by late Mint Chief Engraver John Reich first utilized on coins in 1807.
The San Francisco Mint is a branch of the United States Mint and was opened in 1854 to serve the gold mines of the California Gold Rush. It quickly outgrew its first building and moved into a new one in 1874. This building, the Old United States Mint, also known affectionately as The Granite Lady, is one of the few that survived the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake. It served until 1937, when the present facility was opened.
The West Point Mint Facility is a U.S. Mint production and depository facility erected in 1937 near the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, United States. Originally it was called the West Point Bullion Depository. At one point it had the highest concentration of silver of any U.S. mint facility, and for 12 years produced circulating pennies. It has since minted mostly commemorative coins and stored gold.
Palladium coins are a form of coinage made out of the rare silver-white transition metal palladium. Palladium is assigned the code XPD by ISO 4217. The first palladium coins were produced in 1966.
The American Buffalo, also known as a gold buffalo, is a 24-karat bullion coin first offered for sale by the United States Mint on June 22, 2006, and available for shipment beginning on July 13. The coin follows the design of the Indian Head nickel and has gained its nickname from the American Bison on the reverse side of the design. This was the first time ever that the United States Government has minted pure (.9999) 24-karat gold coins for the public. The coin has a legal tender (face) value of US$50. Due to a combination of the coin's popularity and the tremendous increase in the price of gold since its creation the coin's value has increased considerably in a short time of just a few years. The initial 2006 U.S. Mint price of the proof coin was $800. In 2007 the Mint proof coin was $899.95, $1,410.00 in 2009, and $2,010.00 in 2011.
The Washington quarter is the present quarter dollar or 25-cent piece issued by the United States Mint. The coin was first struck in 1932; the original version was designed by sculptor John Flanagan.
One of the most highly profitable aspects of the Royal Canadian Mint’s enterprise is in its Numismatic product line. The euphoria surrounding the year 2000 led to the birth of the Millennium 25-cent coin program. The numismatic line included proof quality coins sold individually or as a complete set. This level of excess would come to signify the coming decade. The number of numismatic releases would increase on an annual basis starting in 2003. Numismatic three cents, five cents, and ten cents would be introduced, along with numismatic three dollars and eight dollars. Luxury coins would not be immune to the dramatic increases that ensued. Coins with face values of 250, 300 and 350 dollars would be introduced by 2006.
The America the Beautiful quarters are a series of 56 25-cent pieces (quarters) issued by the United States Mint starting in 2010 and scheduled to continue until 2021. The obverse (front) of all the coins depicts George Washington in a modified version of the portrait used for the original 1932 Washington quarter. There will be five new reverse (back) designs each year, each commemorating a national park or national site – one from each state, the federal district, and each territory. The program is authorized by the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.
The American Palladium Eagle is the official palladium bullion coin of the United States. Each coin has a face value of $25 and contains 99.95% fine palladium. It was authorized by the American Eagle Palladium Bullion Coin Act of 2010 which became Public Law 111-303 passed during the 111th United States Congress. The Palladium Eagle uses Adolph Weinman's obverse design on the Mercury dime, Liberty wearing a winged hat, while its reverse design is based on Weinman's 1907 American Institute of Architects (AIA) medal design.
The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary commemorative coins were issued by the United States Mint in 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first crewed landing on the Moon by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Consisting of a gold half eagle, two different sizes of silver dollars, and a copper-nickel clad half dollar, each of the four was issued in proof condition, with all but the larger silver dollar also issued in uncirculated. The gold coins were struck at the West Point Mint, the silver at the Philadelphia Mint and the base metal half dollars at the mints in Denver and San Francisco.
American Innovation dollars are dollar coins of a series minted by the United States Mint beginning in 2018 and scheduled to run through 2032. It is planned for each member of the series to showcase an innovation, innovator or group of innovators from a particular state or territory.
The United States Mint Proof Set, commonly known as the Proof Set in the United States, is a set of proof coins sold by the United States Mint. The proof set is popular with coin collectors as it is an affordable way to collect examples of United States coinage in proof condition.