They’ve been hugely popular!
But there’s another entry into the America the Beautiful Quarters series that you won’t be seeing in circulation.
That’s right, the ATB quarters aren’t the only coins to honor America’s treasured landmarks. The United States Mint is also offering silver bullion coins featuring our nation’s landmark parks.
After much anticipation in the numismatic community, 5-ounce silver versions of the America the Beautiful quarters debuted in 2010 as well — with the U.S. Mint issuing 5 new coins a year.
The first one released was the Hot Springs National Park silver bullion coin on April 19, 2010.
There was much speculation that these silver coins would be released earlier in 2010. However, the U.S. Mint cited difficulty in obtaining the large silver blanks needed for these coins.
Here’s the inside scoop on these large, silver America the Beautiful bullion coins and how you can get one (or more!)
Gigantic Silver America The Beautiful Quarters
Can you imagine a United States quarter measuring 3 inches wide?
That’s what you have with these silver bullion quarters.
These silver America the Beautiful coins are historically large by United States minting standards:
- Packing 5 ounces of .999 fine silver,
- Measuring 3 inches in diameter (over 3 times wider than a regular U.S. quarter), and
- Weighing in at around 20 times heavier than your typical 25-cent piece.
For comparison’s sake, the current Silver Eagle bullion coins each contain just 1 ounce of silver!
Silver America The Beautiful Coin Designs
Of course the designs on the bullion coins are larger, but they are otherwise relatively proportionate.
Unlike regular quarters, however, these bullion versions of the America the Beautiful quarters feature edge lettering. The edge lettering on these bullion coins features the words .999 FINE SILVER and 5.0 OUNCES — to indicate the weight as well as the silver fineness of this bullion coin.
See the release dates and mintage numbers for silver ATB coins.
How To Buy Silver America The Beautiful Bullion Coins
So, you’re probably wondering how to get your hands on one of these ginormous silver America the Beautiful quarters.
Like purchasing uncirculated examples of American Eagle coins, you currently can’t buy the silver America the Beautiful coins directly from the United States Mint.
Instead, you’ll need to check with your local coin dealer or with online coin dealers and silver investment firms to buy these coins. Don’t forget eBay! Many coin dealers and coin collectors who’ve purchased these coins are turning around and selling them on the ever-popular auction website.
National Park Silver Bullion Coin Prices
Bullion prices change day to day. Plus, silver prices in particular have seen numerous fluctuations in recent months.
That said, if silver bullion prices are about $21 per ounce. This means a 5-ounce silver coin would have roughly $105 of silver in it.
However, any slight fluctuations in silver prices will mean this cost will increase or decrease significantly. Also, the U.S. Mint usually charges more than strict bullion value for its bullion coins.
See the current silver America the Beautiful quarters prices.
Silver Bullion Coin Series Facts
America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (H.R. 6184), the bill which President George W. Bush signed in December 2008, allows the U.S. Mint to strike the National Park quarter series for at least 11 years.
However, the language of the bill actually grants permission for the program to continue for an additional 11 years. That means the National Park Silver Bullion coin series may last 22 years — until the 2030s!
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