The latest 5-ounce silver bullion quarter dollar to be released under the America the Beautiful program is the 2014-dated coin honoring Arches National Park in Utah.
Sales by the United States Mint for the first three America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver bullion quarter dollars are below those for the 2013 issues but in line with 2012 releases.
The U.S. Mint website reports that through June 22, the authorized purchasers ordered 23,000 of the 2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park 5-ounce silver bullion coins, 20,000 of the 2014 Shenandoah National Park bullion coins, and 18,300 of the 2014 Arches National Park bullion coins.
The Schuler coinage press dedicated to the production of the 3-inch .999 fine silver bullion coins at the Philadelphia Mint returned to replenishing the U.S. Mint’s inventory of the Shenandoah National Park bullion coins after officials announced June 23 the available supply was depleted. Sales had reached the 20,000-coin level at the time of the announcement.
The 5-ounce silver bullion coins are authorized under provisions of America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, Public Law 110-456.
The coins are 5-ounce silver versions of the 24.3-millimeter quarter dollars struck for circulation and numismatic sets. In addition to the bullion pieces, Uncirculated 5-ounce silver numismatic versions bearing the Philadelphia Mint’s P Mint mark are sold by the U.S. Mint directly to the public.
The bullion versions offered through the authorized purchasers bear no Mint mark.
Both the bullion and Uncirculated Mint-marked coins are struck on the same dedicated press at the Philadelphia Mint.
The highest sales thus far for the bullion issues have been recorded for the 2011 Gettysburg National Military Park and Glacier National Park issues with 126,700 coins each.
Sales off to rough start in 2010
Sales for the inaugural five 2010 bullion releases, all of which sold out, were limited to 33,000 coins each, because production was being split between the bullion and Uncirculated versions.