Silver Coin Information
In 2010, the United States Mint will introduce America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins. This will be a brand new series of over-sized bullion coins featuring duplicate designs of the America the Beautiful Quarters series. The offering will carry many unique aspects to entice collectors.
Each coin will be an exact duplicate of the corresponding quarter dollar coin, right down to the inscription "Quarter Dollar." The coins will be struck in .999 fine silver with a bullion weight of five ounces and diameter of three inches. The weight and fineness of the coins would be indicated on incused edge lettering.
The order of release for the silver bullion coins will follow that of the quarter dollars. The authorizing legislation provides that each silver coin may be offered from the first day of the calendar year of the corresponding quarter's release. The coins could only be offered until the end of the calendar year. For 2010, the United States Mint will release the bullion coins on December 6, 2010. Collectible uncirculated versions will be available during the first quarter of 2011.
The 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins will feature Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.
The authorizing legislation provides special privileges for the Director of the National Park Service with regards to the new bullion coins. The Director or his agent may purchase the coins directly from the United States Mint for direct resale to the public. These coins may even be repackaged prior to resale, to create a unique collectible.
The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins will only be the second type of silver bullion coin ever released by the United States Mint. The existing series of American Silver Eagle bullion coins was introduced in 1986 and has been issued each year since then in one ounce sizes. The new silver bullion coins will also represent the largest bullion weight ever offered by the United States Mint. Until now, the largest weight of one ounce was used for the American Eagle and American Buffalo bullion coins.
More Information: America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin Production and Specifications