The U.S. Mint suspended sales of
the 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway 5-ounce silver bullion quarter dollars to
its authorized purchasers June 22, the same day
sales began, but production continues, to replenish the depleted
inventory of the coins.
Authorized purchasers were notified by Mint officials that the
bureau had temporarily sold out of the 5-ounce Blue Ridge Parkway
5-ounce silver coins and that sales would resume when additional coins
are struck. June 22 sales were reported at 35,000 coins.
The coins are struck at the Philadelphia Mint without Mint mark, on the same
dedicated press that is used to strike the numismatic version, which
does have the P Mint mark.
The combined mintage limit for the design is 65,000 coins, divided
between the bullion and the Uncirculated numismatic versions.
However, the numismatic version is not yet offered for sale. The Uncirculated
2015-P Blue Ridge Parkway 5-ounce silver quarter dollar is
scheduled to go on sale sometime in July, at the introductory price of $149.95.
The numismatic versions are sold directly to the general public by
the Mint at a set price above the intrinsic value of the metal in each
coin. The price is subject to change according to the Mint's pricing
grid based on the spot price of silver.
The bullion versions are not sold directly to the public. Instead,
they are sold through a network of authorized purchasers who buy the
coins from the U.S. Mint based on the closing PM spot price of the
metal on the London market on a given day plus a $9.75 premium per
coin. The coins are then resold at a premium to collectors, investors
and other dealers.
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