America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins, Program Information & Release Dates

by on April 5, 2010 · 15 comments

America the Beautiful Silver Bullion CoinThe United States Mint will issue a new series of coins in 2010 that are composed of silver and depict American National Parks and National Sites.

These coins are not the collector versions of the circulating America the Beautiful Quarters. They are, however, similar in name as they are called America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins and they share the same reverse designs.

Both new U.S. Mint coin series, the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program and the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program, are authorized by the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. The act was signed into Public Law 110-456 by former President Bush on December 23, 2008.

The main sections in it describe the new eleven year quarter coins that celebrate or commemorate a site within each state, the District of Columbia and United States Territories — Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands.

The bullion coins are more of a footnote in the law with investment language geared toward the end stating:


"The Secretary shall strike and make available for sale such number of bullion coins as the Secretary determines to be appropriate that are exact duplicates of the quarter dollars."


Public Law 110-456 mandates the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion coin specifications. It requires each to:

  • have a diameter of 3.0 inches;
  • weigh 5.0 ounces;
  • contain .999 fine silver;
  • have incused into the edge the fineness and weight of the bullion coin;
  • bear an inscription of the denomination of such coin, which shall be ‘quarter dollar’; and
  • not be minted or issued by the United States Mint as so-called ‘fractional’ bullion coins or in any other size

The bullion coins are huge by historical American coinage standards. They are twice the size of early US silver dollars, like the Morgan and Peace Dollars, and nearly double that of today’s American Eagle Silver, which is 1.598 inches in diameter and includes a single ounce of silver.

Grand Teton National ParkDuring the program’s 11 years and at a rate of 5 per year, the silver coins’ reverse will feature a design emblematic of 48 National Park sites, two U.S. Fish and Wildlife sites, and six U.S. Forest Service sites.

Because the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins are intended for investment purposes, they will be distributed exactly like other US Mint bullion coins which include the American Gold and Silver Eagle Bullion Coins and the American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coins. The Mint does not sell these directly to the public like it does with its numismatic offerings (proof an uncirculated eagles, for example), but instead makes them available to a small network of authorized purchasers who then resell them to dealers, collectors and the public at large.

As a side note, there is a possibility that numismatic versions of the coins will be produced at some point, and sold directly by the Mint. U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy said as much earlier in 2010.

The new silvers coins have been a production challenge, according to Mr. Moy who described difficulties in complying with the terms of the legislation.


"The law was very specific," Moy stated at a public coin forum. "They said it had to be a certain diameter and it had to be 5 ounces. Well, there isn’t a 5 ounce blank out there, so we had to get this custom made. Then, because it was 3 inches in diameter, well we’ve got a 5 ounce piece of silver and we stretch it out to a 3 inch diameter, it’s paper thin."


Moy continued to explain additional issues in incusing the edge lettering on the .999 fine silver coins by commenting that the first tests resulted in "crumples." The Mint has since made "breakthroughs," as Moy described.

Beginning in 2011, it is expected that each bullion coin will be released during the same time as its corresponding quarter launch. 2010 will be different, however, due to the lateness and production issues. Current plans are to release the first 2010 silver coin in late summer, with the following four 2010 silver coins being released at staggered intervals through the rest of the year.*

*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article had indicated that the 2010 coins would be released mid-year and all at the same time. The Mint has shed more light on the releases, as the above paragraph now describes.

The order in which a National Park or National Site was first placed under the care of the federal government dictates when it will be honored on the quarter and silver coin. Here are the America the Beautiful Silver Coin release dates from 2010 to 2021.

America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin Release Schedule

State / D.C. /
2010 Silver Bullion Coins Release
Arkansas Hot Springs National Park TBA 2010
Wyoming Yellowstone National Park TBA 2010
California Yosemite National Park TBA 2010
Arizona Grand Canyon National Park TBA 2010
Oregon Mount Hood National Forest TBA 2010
  2011 Silver Bullion Coins  
Pennsylvania Gettysburg National Military Park TBA 2011
Montana Glacier National Park TBA 2011
Washington Olympic National Park TBA 2011
Mississippi Vicksburg National Military Park TBA 2011
Oklahoma Chickasaw National Recreation Area TBA 2011
  2012 Silver Bullion Coins  
Puerto Rico El Yunque National Forest TBA 2012
New Mexico Chaco Culture National Historical Park TBA 2012
Maine Acadia National Park TBA 2012
Hawaii Hawaii Volcanoes National Park TBA 2012
Alaska Denali National Park TBA 2012
  2013 Silver Bullion Coins  
New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest TBA 2013
Ohio Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial TBA 2013
Nevada Great Basin National Park TBA 2013
Maryland Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine TBA 2013
South Dakota Mount Rushmore National Memorial TBA 2013
  2014 Silver Bullion Coins  
Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park TBA 2014
Virginia Shenandoah National Park TBA 2014
Utah Arches National Park TBA 2014
Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park TBA 2014
Florida Everglades National Park TBA 2014
  2015 Silver Bullion Coins  
Nebraska Homestead National Monument of America TBA 2015
Louisiana Kisatchie National Forest TBA 2015
North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway TBA 2015
Delaware Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge TBA 2015
New York Saratoga National Historical Park TBA 2015
  2016 Silver Bullion Coins  
Illinois Shawnee National Forest TBA 2016
Kentucky Cumberland Gap National Historical Park TBA 2016
West Virginia Harpers Ferry National Historical Park TBA 2016
North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park TBA 2016
South Carolina Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) TBA 2016
  2017 Silver Bullion Coins  
Iowa Effigy Mounds National Monument TBA 2017
District of Columbia Frederick Douglass National Historic Site TBA 2017
Missouri Ozark National Scenic Riverways TBA 2017
New Jersey Ellis Island National Monument (Statue of Liberty) TBA 2017
Indiana George Rogers Clark National Historical Park TBA 2017
  2018 Silver Bullion Coins  
Michigan Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore TBA 2018
Wisconsin Apostle Islands National Lakeshore TBA 2018
Minnesota Voyageurs National Park TBA 2018
Georgia Cumberland Island National Seashore TBA 2018
Rhode Island Block Island National Wildlife Refuge TBA 2018
  2019 Silver Bullion Coins  
Massachusetts Lowell National Historical Park TBA 2019
Northern Mariana Islands American Memorial Park TBA 2019
Guam War in the Pacific National Historical Park TBA 2019
Texas San Antonio Missions National Historical Park TBA 2019
Idaho Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness TBA 2019
  2020 Silver Bullion Coins  
American Samoa National Park of American Samoa TBA 2020
Connecticut Weir Farm National Historic Site TBA 2020
U.S. Virgin Islands Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve TBA 2020
Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park TBA 2020
Kansas Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve TBA 2020
  2021 Silver Bullion Coins  
Alabama Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site TBA


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian September 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Since the Mint can’t get enough blanks for the 2009 & 2010 Silver Eagles, do you really think they are going to produce 5oz. bullion coins? I would be VERY suprised!!

Mark September 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

I would be VERY suprised!!

Gene Freidus December 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Has any of the certifying companies announced its attempt tp certify and grade these saucers?

Wayne December 3, 2010 at 2:09 am

It looks like the distributors and grading services are going to be the only ones to profit on these for at least a few years! I’m sure there will be some certifications pushing the price up yet again; I recently bought 3 coins all graded MS-70 from the same grading service with glaring discrepancies including one obviously weak strike with diminished detail; I sent it back and ate the shipping charges. These things are going to come back and bite the whole hobby society in the butt eventually and they will eventually become worthless; I’ve seen NGC and PCGS both with grading inconsistencies which smacks of collusion between sales agents and grading companies! I’m fixing to sell ALMOST EVERYTHING before the bottom falls out!

James January 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Just wanted to say that I’ve been disappointed with this entire deal. I’ve been on a waiting list for over 2 weeks with several AP’s (even had to give some full name,address, and phone numbers) never was contacted by any even though I was on Alert. Now I’m seeing Dealer’s that have numerous sets for sale on Ebay. I also have bought thousands of dollars worth of coins from the mint. I believe from this day forward I will not do any business with the mint, because they told when the 2nd release was bought by the AP’s that they we’re to only issue 1 set per household etc., dealer. WHAT A CROCK…….

Mark January 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Maybe there cherry picking all of the 70’s before they start to sell to the public. Coin vault said a set of 70’s would be worth 60K & HSN (Coin Collector) Said a set of 70’s would be worth 125K. My guess would be somewhere in the middle It would be hard to find alot of them that would grade 70 on that big of a surface 3″ maybe 10% of them will grade that thats probably whats taking them so much time to start to sell them I wont be buying these they are just bullion coins to me and who really knows when they will start selling.

Mark January 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I like to help push the sales of coins for the mint In hopes that some of their capital gains or reserves from the sales of them go in creating more jobs (0;

Bob January 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

To Mark; Unless your a cousin or brother-in-law to someone at the mint, good luck in getting a job there…….Also, I think the mint is pretty much doing everything they possibly can to destroy
coin collecting by minting these different products in quantities big enough to fill every single order that might come in. Why not just get back to the coins for commerce buisness and forget
about ultra high profit coin of the month crap.

Mark January 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

Sell mint products on ebay/online in hopes that the mint will channel some of there profits in creating more jobs for the economy.Like all new hot coin releases the hype only lasts until the source sells out and the secondary market takes over can you remember how long it took you to sell your last coin ?

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