America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins

Collectors and investors should not have that much longer to wait for a new series of bullion coins to be released from the United States Mint. Known as the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program, these new strikes are due to be issued before the year's end.

Many should already be aware of the sister series called the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program as coins from it have already made their way into circulation and consequently into the collectors market. Under this program, five new circulating quarter dollars are to be struck annually featuring reverse designs emblematic of selected sites of national interest from around the United States and its territories. Chosen locations include national parks, national forests, national monuments, etc. with one site selected from each state, the District of Columbia as well as one from each territory.

If this new program sounds slightly familiar, it should. It follows the same basic principles that were applied to the previous 50-State Quarters Program ,which debuted in 1999, and was immediately followed-up in 2009 by the D.C. & US Territories Quarters Program. The only appreciable difference is that the reverse designs must feature sites of national origin whereas the previous programs just required a location within the boundaries of that jurisdiction.

Obverse designs on the new circulating quarters, still feature a portrait of the first President of the United States, George Washington, just as they did during the previous two quarter dollar programs. In fact, Washington has been on the quarters since 1932.

The new series of quarters made their debut earlier this year with the release of the Hot Springs National Park Quarter honoring Hot Springs National Park located in Arkansas. The Mint held a ceremony launching the strike on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.

Following that, the Mint released the Yellowstone National Park Quarter on Thursday, June 3, 2010. It honors the national park of the same name which is located primarily in Wyoming. Due up next is the Yosemite National Park Quarter honoring the site in California with a release ceremony scheduled for Thursday, July 29, 2010.

America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins

Authorized in addition to the circulating quarters by the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-456), was a new series of bullion coins. As indicated earlier, the United States Mint is now in the process (or shortly will be) of striking these bullion pieces.

Each America the Beautiful Silver Coin is to feature identical imagery on both its obverse and reverse sides as what is found on the quarter dollars. That means an obverse showing the portrait of George Washington and a reverse emblematic of the selected national site. The bullion pieces are also to be issued in the same year as the associated quarters are released.

The five bullion coins due out for 2010 include:

  • 2010 Hot Springs National Park 5 oz Silver Coin representing Arkansas
  • 2010 Yellowstone National Park 5 oz Silver Coin representing Wyoming
  • 2010 Yosemite National Park 5 oz Silver Coin representing California
  • 2010 Grand Canyon National 5 oz Park Silver Coin representing Arizona
  • 2010 Mount Hood National Forest 5 oz Silver Coin representing Oregon

Problems were encountered in initially striking the bullion coins according to previous comments from the Mint. Those problems are undoubtedly due to several factors.

The first of those factors is the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin's massive size. The authorizing law dictates that each be struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches. These large strikes are much bigger than any other coin typically produced by the Mint. For reference, the One Ounce Silver American Eagle Bullion Coin only has a diameter of 1.598 inches making the new strikes almost twice as big.

Second, the Mint is required to edge incuse the coin's fineness and weight. This proved to be problematic and test strikes resulted in a "crumpled effect."

Finally, in order to strike the new coins, the Mint had to invest $2.2 million in a new Graebener coining press. As with all new equipment, its setup and initial test runs undoubtedly added time to the mix.

Still, the Mint indicates that it will be striking the new America the Beautiful Bullion Coins in the third quarter of the year (July, August and September) and should begin releasing them in intervals so as to insure they have been made available by years end as is required by the authorizing law. Following years should see a more expanded window of striking and release as the Mint would have most of the kinks worked out by then.

Buying the Bullion Coins

As with all Mint bullion products, those interested in obtaining them must do so through a network of authorized purchasers, or through the secondary market. The Mint does not sell bullion directly to the public, although it has not ruled out creating numismatic versions of the strikes for sale directly to collectors.

Another option for obtaining the America the Beautiful Bullion Coins was created by the authorizing legislation for them. In the text of that legislation a provision was added allowing the National Park Service to buy the coins directly from the Mint and resell them at its sites around the country.

Future Releases of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin Program

America Silver Coins Release Dates

2011 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins
Pennsylvania Gettysburg National Military Park TBA 2011
Montana Glacier National Park TBA 2011
Washington Olympic National Park TBA 2011
Mississippi Vicksburg National Military Park TBA 2011
Oklahoma Chickasaw National Recreation Area TBA 2011
2012 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins
Puerto Rico El Yunque National Forest TBA 2012
New Mexico Chaco Culture National Historical Park TBA 2012
Maine Acadia National Park TBA 2012
Hawaii Hawaii Volcanoes National Park TBA 2012
Alaska Denali National Park TBA 2012
2013 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins
New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest TBA 2013
Ohio Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial TBA 2013
Nevada Great Basin National Park TBA 2013
Maryland Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine TBA 2013
South Dakota Mount Rushmore National Memorial TBA 2013
2014 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins
Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park TBA 2014
Virginia Shenandoah National Park TBA 2014
Utah Arches National Park TBA 2014
Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park TBA 2014
Florida Everglades National Park TBA 2014
2015 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins
Nebraska Homestead National Monument of America TBA 2015
Louisiana Kisatchie National Forest TBA 2015
North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway TBA 2015
Delaware Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge TBA 2015
New York Saratoga National Historical Park TBA 2015
2016 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins
Illinois Shawnee National Forest TBA 2016
Kentucky Cumberland Gap National Historical Park TBA 2016
West Virginia Harpers Ferry National Historical Park TBA 2016
North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park TBA 2016
South Carolina Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) TBA 2016
2017 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins
Iowa Effigy Mounds National Monument TBA 2017
District of Columbia Frederick Douglass National Historic Site TBA 2017
Missouri Ozark National Scenic Riverways TBA 2017
New Jersey Ellis Island National Monument (Statue of Liberty) TBA 2017
Indiana George Rogers Clark National Historical Park TBA 2017
2018 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins
Michigan Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore TBA 2018
Wisconsin Apostle Islands National Lakeshore TBA 2018
Minnesota Voyageurs National Park TBA 2018
Georgia Cumberland Island National Seashore TBA 2018
Rhode Island Block Island National Wildlife Refuge TBA 2018
2019 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins
Massachusetts Lowell National Historical Park TBA 2019
Northern Mariana Islands American Memorial Park TBA 2019
Guam War in the Pacific National Historical Park TBA 2019
Texas San Antonio Missions National Historical Park TBA 2019
Idaho Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness TBA 2019
2020 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins
American Samoa National Park of American Samoa TBA 2020
Connecticut Weir Farm National Historic Site TBA 2020
U.S. Virgin Islands Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve TBA 2020
Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park TBA 2020
Kansas Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve TBA 2020
2021 5 oz Silver Bullion Coin
Alabama Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site TBA

7 thoughts on “America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins”

  1. Hi, I do digital work for the US Mint and if you are interested in the America the Beautiful quarters, the Grand Canyon National Park Quarter event is Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Grand Canyon National Park at 1:30 p.m. (MST). All are invited to gather between Hopi House and Verkamp’s Visitor Center where the launch will take place. Following the ceremony, you can exchange your cash for $10 rolls of the Grand Canyon National Park quarter. If you can’t make it to the event, you can check out the live webcast at http://bit.ly/atbquarters The webcast starts at 1:25 (MST), 4:25 (EDT).

  2. One of the United States Mint’s authorized purchasers (CNT) finally put its 2010 America the Beautiful 5 oz silver coins on sale today (March 8, 2011). A buyer was required to call a toll free number between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. [EST] in order to purchase the coins. My buddy and I called the number for the complete 2 hour period. We were on separate telephone lines and averaged about 6 calls per minute with redial buttons. This amounts to 4 man hours of calling and a total of 1440 telephone calls. We never got through.
    This is the process the United States Mint has allowed for the distribution these coins. These authorized purchasers are under the auspices of the Mint. This is a ridiculous process and a prime example of the inefficiency of the United States government. Who ever devised this process should lose their job (and let’s not forget our congressmen). And to think, the government is now in control of healthcare – if that does not scare you, then you don’t have a brain.

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