2013 ATB Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins on Hold

by Mike Unser on January 29, 2013 · 11 comments

2013 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins™ have yet to be struck, the United States Mint confirmed Monday.

2013 America the Beautiful Coins

2013 America the Beautiful Coins

Production of the 99.9% pure silver coins for collectors are on hold until mintage levels are determined, U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said Monday. The bureau has, however, started producing the first two bullion five ounce coins.

Each of the five 2013-dated America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins had been listed on the U.S. Mint’s 2013 Product Schedule with at least a month named for a release date. They were pulled on Monday and moved under the section titled: "On Sale Date To Be Determined."

White said that the 12-month product schedule was published early to give customers as much information as possible "to make their purchasing decisions throughout the year," but that release dates and listed prices are subject to change.

"In releasing the product schedule as well in advance as possible, we knew that pricing and date changes for some products would inevitably occur, as the dates did regarding the 2013 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins," Michael White stated.

The original news release in December about the schedule and the actual online schedule at www.usmint.gov/catalog warns of changes and encourages customers to regularly check back.

"We look forward to announcing the revised dates on the product schedule as soon as possible once they are determined," added White. "We regret any inconvenience this date change may cause our valued customers who purchase America the Beautiful Silver Uncirculated Coins."

Four of last year’s uncirculated coins remain available. Each has a stated mintage of 25,000. Current sales figures for them range from 12,608 to 16,029. It seems likely that mintages for this year’s coins could retreat to the 20,000 area.

America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins feature the same obverse and reverse designs as the America the Beautiful Quarters®. Each has a three-inch diameter, making them the biggest coin produced by the U.S. Mint. Two versions are struck for each design — a bullion coin intended for investors and the numismatic uncirculated coin for collectors. Each is from Philadelphia, but only the uncirculated coin has a "P" mint mark.

This year’s America the Beautiful coins honor White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio, Great Basin National Park in Nevada, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Maryland and Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

The Philadelphia Mint has started striking the 2013 White Mountain National Forest and the 2013 Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Victor January 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

Well, stand by for one hell of a “price adjustment!” From $249.00, to $204.00, to $229.95 to who the hell knows. Well, that’s the price we have to pay, to get a very limited edition of a special “coin.” Don’t you just love it?

Boz January 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

Price of silver is incredibly low right now given the demand over the past 60 days. We are in the midst of shortages and pent up demand for one ounce coins. I agee with Victor, prices have nowhere to go but up, even on the 5 oz coins.

Homer January 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

I am getting concerned about the whole program. They are probably expensive to produce because of size and with lower mintages, they may be reevaluating the cost effectiveness of the program. I don’t think I would worry about the price.

jim January 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

I’m just glad that the US Mint is finally communicating to the public. Remember last year when we went 10 months with no word about the delay in first spouse releases? More evidence that Peterson’s uselessness has been dealt with. Thanks for posting this article, Mike Unser.

Homer February 1, 2013 at 1:42 am

The Mint did it again. They ended sales of the Hawaiian 5 oz coin. I have been trying to collect them, but they are hard to budget for. So I try to keep an eye on
mintages. They ended it with a mintage less than 15,000 when stated mintage limit was 25,000. I’m definitely not paying over $400 for one. People seem to be paying that for them. So I guess that means I will just quit collecting them. I was going to try to collect the whole series. I get the feeling that they don’t care and want to get out of the business of the 5 oz coins.

jim February 1, 2013 at 11:38 am

They’re committed to the 5 oz coins but they may be getting bored with them. I know I certainly am, with all the quarters, spouse golds, and the president $1 coins too. It’s hard to get excited when you’ve got 40 or 50 different designs for the same coin.

I quit with the 5 oz coins after the first year after I looked at my budget and the cost per year for another 9 years.

Homer February 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm

The 5 oz size is an anomoly for the US Mint. I never started the spouses. I’m not interested in dollar coins. You can get quarters in your change. You can get all 5 coins for a little over the price of 1 spouse gold coin. I’m kind of bored with the eagles. The design doesn’t change much if any other than the year. Platinum ones change, but they are expensive. 5 oz coins are just really different. That’s why I liked them.

Breakilla February 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

Back in the days the Morgan’s were not popular with the people. I think these 5oz coins will be something great many years down the road. The fact that they have low mints and are not popular today, could mean they become very valuable tomorrow.

Bubba February 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I really like the 5 oz coins. With the coins having such a large surface, they better show the designs of the American the Beautiful coin series than the small quarters. I hope they finish the whole series. It would be a really impressive display with all 56 coins. The great thing about them is that they will always be worth a quarter! By the time the series ends in 2020, a lot more people might like them. With the relatively low mintages, demand wouldn’t have to increase too much for these things to take off. With each coin having 5 ozs of silver, you can always fall back on the silver value.

steve February 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Now I’m confused. I have all the uncirculated silver coin proof sets and they are all marked “S”, I specifically bought the san francisco minted coins. I also have all three years of the 5 oz which are not marked. I’m guessing Philadelphia only minted the uncirculated coin?
Noone will spill the beans on the silver supply but it seems very obvious to me silver is running out because these 5 oz coins are in very high demand. Some of the 2012’s are going for almost 400 dollars now, and the mintage has been cut, with no accurate number of production. This is just all very strange. But very beautiful coins, my favorite.

David March 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I started collecting the 5oz series from the beginning, and I’ve really enjoyed them. I’m not an experienced collector, but I follow a few rules; don’t worry about the price of silver so much, collect them for their beauty, and be happy that the mintage is low.

Obviously the price of silver will vary over time, but I’m sure I will get a decent return on my investment after 2020. And if not, I will hold them until 2030, or whenever.

I think the most important aspect of collecting is to enjoy the beauty of the coins, and these coins are certainly the most beautiful because of their detail and silver content.

In 2020 I will either have a valuable complete set of coins that will produce a great return on my initial investment, or I will have just an impressive and beautiful set of coins. I would be happy with either.

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