America the Beautiful silver bullion coins

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America the Beautiful
silver bullion coins
United States
Value0.25 US dollar
Mass155.5 g (5.00  troy oz)
Diameter76.2 mm (3 in)
Thickness3.25 mm (0.128 in)
EdgePlain with incuse inscriptions
Composition99.9% Ag
Years of minting2010–present
Obverse
ATB silver bullion quarter obverse.jpg
Design George Washington
Designer John Flanagan (1932 version) from a 1786 bust by Houdon / William Cousins (modification to Flanagan's design)
Design date2010
Reverse
2019 San Antonio Missions - ATB silver bullion quarter reverse.jpg
DesignVarious; Five designs per year (one in 2021)
DesignerVarious

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.

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Design

A normal-sized quarter (left) sitting next to a bullion coin in a plastic holder (right) 5oz America the Beautiful Bullion (comparison).jpg
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.

Differences between uncirculated and bullion versions

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

Legislative history

The program is authorized by Title II of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. [1]

Minting history

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

YearNo.State/territorySiteUS Mint Item#Release DateBullion Mintage [4] Uncirculated Mintage
20101Arkansas Hot Springs National Park NP14/19/201033,00027,000
2Wyoming Yellowstone National Park NP26/1/201033,00027,000
3California Yosemite National Park NP37/26/201033,00027,000
4Arizona Grand Canyon National Park NP49/20/201033,00026,019
5Oregon Mount Hood National Forest NP511/15/201033,00026,928
20116Pennsylvania Gettysburg National Military Park NP61/24/2011126,70024,625
7Montana Glacier National Park NP74/4/2011126,70020,856
8Washington Olympic National Park NP86/13/2011104,90018,398
9Mississippi Vicksburg National Military Park NP98/29/201158,10018,594
10Oklahoma Chickasaw National Recreation Area NP1011/14/201148,70016,827
201211Puerto Rico El Yunque National Forest NQ01/23/201224,00017,314
12New Mexico Chaco Culture National Historical Park NQ14/2/201224,40017,146
13Maine Acadia National Park NQ26/11/201225,40014,978
14Hawai'i Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park NQ38/27/201220,00014,863
15Alaska Denali National Park NQ411/5/201220,00015,225
201316New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest NQ51/28/201335,00020,530
17Ohio Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial NQ64/1/201330,00017,707
18Nevada Great Basin National Park NQ76/10/201330,00017,792
19Maryland Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine NQ88/27/201330,00019,802
20South Dakota Mount Rushmore National Memorial NQ911/4/201335,00023,547
201421Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park NR11/27/201433,00024,710
22Virginia Shenandoah National Park NR23/31/201428,00028,451
23Utah Arches National Park NR36/9/201422,00028,434
24Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park NR48/25/201422,00024,103
25Florida Everglades National Park NR511/3/201434,00022,732
201526Nebraska Homestead National Monument of America SN12/9/201535,00021,286
27Louisiana Kisatchie National Forest SN24/13/201542,00019,449
28North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway SN36/22/201545,00017,461
29Delaware Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge SN49/14/201545,00017,309
30New York Saratoga National Historical Park SN511/16/201545,00017,563
201631Illinois Shawnee National Forest 16AJ2/1/2016105,00018,781
32Kentucky Cumberland Gap National Historical Park 16AK4/4/201675,00018,713
33West Virginia Harpers Ferry National Historical Park 16AL6/6/201655,30018,896
34North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park 16AM8/29/201640,00018,917
35South Carolina Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument)16AN11/14/201635,00017,882
201736Iowa Effigy Mounds National Monument 17AJ2/6/201735,00017,251
37District of Columbia Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 17AK4/3/201720,00017,678
38Missouri Ozark National Scenic Riverways 17AL6/5/201720,00017,694
39New Jersey Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument)17AM8/28/201740,00017,670+
40Indiana George Rogers Clark National Historical Park 17AN11/13/201735,00014,731
201841Michigan Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore 18AJ02/19/201830,00017,773
42Wisconsin Apostle Islands National Lakeshore 18AK04/13/201830,00016,802
43Minnesota Voyageurs National Park 18AL06/14/201830,00016,839
44Georgia Cumberland Island National Seashore 18AM09/12/201852,50016,376
45Rhode Island Block Island National Wildlife Refuge 18AN11/26/201880,00015,912
201946Massachusetts Lowell National Historical Park 19AJ02/07/201980,00016,645
47Northern Mariana Island American Memorial Park 19AK04/04/201980,00016,283
48Guam War in the Pacific National Historical Park 19AL06/06/201972,50016,275
49Texas San Antonio Missions National Historical Park 19AM08/29/201955,20016,207
50Idaho Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness 19AN11/14/201925,00016,417
202051American Samoa National Park of American Samoa 20AJ02/06/202045,00015,781
52Connecticut Weir Farm National Historic Site 20AK05/18/202045,00014,212+
53U.S. Virgin Islands Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve 20AL09/18/202045,00013,568
54Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park 20AM11/23/202045,00012,016+
55Kansas Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve 20ANTBA45,00012,242+
202156Alabama Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site TBATBATBA

See also

Notes

  1. Pub.L.   110–456 (text) (pdf)
  2. Numismatic News (26 February 2010). "Press Purchased for New Silver Coins". Numismaster.com. Archived from the original on 9 March 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  3. Harper, Dave (28 April 2010). "CCAC Makes History on Twitter". Buzz with Dave Harper. Numismatic News. Archived from the original on 16 May 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  4. "Bullion Sales/Mintage Figures - 2018 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion 5 oz Coins Bullion". United States Mint. Retrieved 2 November 2018.

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