As silver prices move to more affordable levels, collectors are again moving toward the America the Beautiful 5-ounce quarter dollar series. The 2013-P Uncirculated Mount Rushmore coin sold out on Dec. 12.
After greeting the hobby with a flurry at the start of 2011, the America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver quarter dollars, or “hockey pucks” as some call them, have been a slow build with collectors.
The first 2010 issues — released into the market in the first days of 2011 — were met with huge collector excitement that diminished as silver became more expensive. In today’s market, with silver at reasonable levels of around $20 an ounce, these big coins are becoming more affordable — and popular — with collectors.
All of the 2013 5-ounce coins have sold out in both their bullion versions intended for investors and Uncirculated versions for collectors. The bullion versions are sold through authorized distributors, while the Uncirculated versions (which carry a Philadelphia Mint “P” Mint mark) are sold directly by the U.S. Mint.
The last of the five 2013-P 5-ounce Uncirculated collector versions to register a sellout of its authorized mintage of 25,000 was the Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) National Memorial coin and its last sale price was $154.95. These are already enjoying a healthy secondary market with examples in original Mint packaging selling at the $200 level in online auctions.
The bullion version of the Mount Rushmore 5-ounce coin is available at the $125 to $135 level in the secondary market, as evidenced by current “buy it now” eBay auctions.
These price levels are consistent for all five of the collector and bullion versions of the 2013 America the Beautiful 5-ounce coins.
Certified examples remain popular and top-graded pieces sell for premiums, such as a set of all five 2013-P Uncirculated collector 5-ounce quarters graded Specimen 70 (First Strike) by Professional Coin Grading Service that brought $1,915 in a Dec. 7 eBay auction.
PCGS also designates the bullion versions as Deep Mirror Prooflike when merited. The first ones certified for an issue can bring big prices. On Nov. 21 a 2013 Fort McHenry (Maryland) coin graded PCGS MS-69 DMPL sold for $1,329 in an eBay auction. Another sold for $1,366 the next day. However, the market for these quickly settled down as the populations rose. One of the same grade brought $986.79 on Dec. 3, while another brought $790 on Dec. 8 and on Dec. 14 one sold for $405. On Dec. 2 an MS-68 DMPL Maryland coin brought $250.
A huge winner in the America the Beautiful 5-ounce series is the 2012 Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park coin. The Uncirculated version was a quick sellout from the U.S. Mint and was introduced on Sept. 24, 2012, with an issue price of $204.94. Today, Uncirculated examples in original Mint packaging can sell for $600 to $675 in online auctions, and bullion examples regularly bring $375 to $400. ■