2011 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin Release Details

by Darrin Lee Unser on March 9, 2011 · 4 comments

The first five-ounce 2011 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin is on the horizon, according to new release details from the United States Mint.

2011 America the Beautiful Coins

The five-ounce 2011 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins share the same designs as the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters.

The US Mint also indicated that the stipulations for their distribution will be substantially different than last year. Specially imposed resell terms and conditions that were put in place for the 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins will be lifted, owing to the fact that mintage quantities will be "substantially higher" for the 2011 coins.

The US Mint on Thursday offered the highly anticipated information in a short memo sent to its network of Authorized Purchasers (AP’s), which also gave a release date of late April for the 2011 Gettysburg National Military Park Silver Bullion Coin.

The news of this release, while of interest to many, is especially important to the AP’s. They are responsible for distributing all United States Mint bullion products, including the American Eagle, American Buffalo Gold and the new five-ounce silver strikes. The network purchases the bullion coins from the Mint for a slight premium above the cost of the metals contained within them, then resells them to secondary retailers in smaller lots. The process has helped keep the price of bullion coins low as they make their way into the secondary market.

In clearing the way to resell the 2011 five ounce strikes, each AP must first state that it has sold all its 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins and in compliance with the terms and conditions set forth by the Mint.

Many will recall that last year’s bullion coins were re-launched following a short delay when the Mint investigated reports of excessive pre-order premiums that some described as "price gouging." After the Mint added several new restrictions for their resell, the complete line-up of all five 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins was offered to Authorized Purchasers on December 10, 2010.

One requirement placed on AP’s was that they had to offer their America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin inventory directly to the public, with a maximum of one set per household. Most AP’s did not have systems in place for retail operations, as their business model focused on selling directly to other companies. The limited numbers of coins minted (33,000 for each of the five designs) and the delay in setting up retail driven processes resulted in significant delays in getting the five-ounce bullion coins sold, causing even higher secondary market premiums.

When an AP has certified that it has been in compliance and it has sold all of its 2010 coins, the US Mint will allow it to participate in reselling the 2011 series under the standard Authorized Purchaser Agreement used for American Silver Eagles.

In addition to the first Gettysburg Coin, the four other five-ounce 2011 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin issues include the:

  • Glacier National Park Silver Bullion Coin,
  • Olympic National Park Silver Bullion Coin,
  • Vicksburg National Military Park Silver Bullion Coin and
  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area Silver Bullion Coin

Check out the series program information for later year issues.

The Mint will also release the 2010 and 2011 America the Beautiful Silver Uncirculated Coins which will serve as collector grade versions. Release details and dates for those are still "To Be Determined."

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Jim C March 10, 2011 at 6:48 am

I’ve seen various raw sets from almost all the APs who sold them…to the general public.. I’ve seen various sets that dealers are selling graded out as MS68s & 69’s. I’ve been collecting 45 years. I’ve seen dealers unloading upwards of around ten sets a day on E Bay, for the last 6 weeks.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind what went on here……We got the junk, the defective dregs and the big boys got to cull out the choice gems and make their money. This whole issue has been a black eye for the coin business in general, as there is no doubt as to the dishonesty and deceit that permeated all of it. If anyone is curious as to why its taken so long for the remaining sellers to let go of their stock…well, they’re just not quite done “cherry-picking” yet. Of course, knowing something and being able to prove it are two completely different things…Truth is with these strikes, they’re not so great anyway.. Someone’s got some ‘splanin’ to do.

Rick P. March 17, 2011 at 9:24 am

It seems that the US Mint needs to reevaluate its distribution process to insure an equitable and efficient way to make bullion coins available to the American consumer. Personally, I prefer the ASE. It is the pinnacle of the coin minting art. I shudder to think that the Mint is considering changing the design, effectively fixing what is NOT BROKEN! At any rate, check out Why You Must Buy Silver Now! http://survivalus.blogspot.com/2011/02/why-you-must-buy-silver-now.html .

Michael M March 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

The US mint/treasury should buy and sell bullion directly to the public. Why enrich just a few firms ? Since these firms were unable to deal with fair distribution of the 2010 coins, I’m very skeptical of them fufilling their duty to make a 2 way market in bullion coins when there is a significant down market.

MGK April 17, 2011 at 11:46 am

2010 ATB 3″5oz Prices

1.MTB of NY $930 shipped

2.Fidelitrade of DE $930 shipped

3.The Gold Center of Ill $975 shipped

4. A-Mark of CA $975 shipped ((Slabed PCGS F/S Gem BU ))

5. Apmex of OK $860 shipped ((Second Round of sales Slabbed PCGS F/S BU or Better)) $980 Shipped C/C $1,008.75 Shipped

6. Jack Hunt of NY $949 shipped ((If your Check was lost you got a PCGS MS-68 Set))

7. Dillon Gage of TX $937 shipped ((Second round of sales included two A.S.E.)) $1,025 Shipped

8. Prudential of NY $862.70 + S/H ((Storage Complicated ordering processes))

9. Coins-N-Things of MASS $930 + $170 ((For $6 Face Value in 90% Silver 12 Barber Half’s))= $1100 shipped

10.Scotia Mocatta of NY ((No participation))

11.Commerzbank of NY ((No participation))

First day of sale’s 12/3/2010 Silver Spot $29.00 4/15/2011 Silver Spot $43.00

The Mints Nine Authorized Purchaser’s Sold Out of there 2010 allotments on April 25th 2011 in order to acquire there 2011 allotments.

2010-P 3″5oz Hot Springs ((Numismatic Version)) Launches April 28th Mintage 27 K Price $279 each

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