The U.S. Mint’s authorized purchasers were informed April 21 that the Mint’s inventory of 2014 Great Smoky Mountains 5-ounce silver bullion quarter dollars was temporarily sold out.
“The United States Mint is in the process of producing additional inventory,” the Mint’s notice to authorized purchasers reads. “We will likely have additional coins in a few weeks.”
The Mint began accepting orders from authorized purchasers for the 5-ounce bullion coins beginning March 17, according to U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White.
At the time of the April 21 announcement, the U.S. Mint had recorded sales of 23,000 of the 3-inch, 5-ounce, .999 fine silver bullion coins.
White said the Great Smoky Mountains 5-ounce silver bullion quarter dollars will be struck to demand, up to a maximum of 40,000 coins.
Maximum mintages could be changed for the 5-ounce silver bullion coins remaining to be issued dated 2014 — Shenandoah National Park (Virginia), Arches National Park (Utah), Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado), and Everglades National Park (Florida).
The 5-ounce silver bullion coins are sold by the Mint through the same series of authorized purchasers approved to purchase the Mint’s other bullion issues, namely the American Eagle and American Buffalo series, for secondary market distribution.
The 5-ounce silver bullion coins are struck at the Philadelphia Mint without any Mint mark. A collector version, also with an Uncirculated finish, is produced bearing the P Mint mark. The collector Uncirculated versions are sold by the U.S. Mint directly to the public.
Both the bullion and collector Uncirculated versions bear the same modified George Washington common obverse paired with the America the Beautiful reverses that appear on the 24.3-millimeter copper-nickel clad and .900 fine silver versions.