America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coin sales were divided in 2014 compared to the year earlier. On average, they strengthened for fixed-priced collectible editions yet weakened for bullion versions that became cheaper as the value of silver tumbled.
Introduced in 2010 alongside the America the Beautiful Quarters and sharing their designs, all five ounce coins from before 2014 are no longer available from the U.S. Mint. At this writing, four of the five 2014-dated bullion coins have sold out while one of the 2014-dated uncirculated coins is gone with two listed as "out of stock."
Each of the 2014 collectible uncirculated silver coins launched at $154.95. It appears that the last release may end with the lowest mintage with sales so far at fewer than 20,000 units. Depicting Everglades National Park in Florida, the coin had the misfortune of launching when silver was at a 4-year low. That made its premium above its melt value higher than past issues. Also hurting, the U.S. Mint ended an attractive 10% discount promotion. Many collectors were able to get the four earlier issues for $15.50 less, paying $139.45 per coin.
Conversely, the Everglades bullion coin has the highest 2014 sales at 34,000 units. Five ounce bullion coins are not offered directly to the public like the collectible uncirculated editions. Instead, the U.S. Mint sells them through a network of authorized distributors at a price of $9.75 per coin plus spot. With silver prices depressed to multi-year lows, buyers were getting the Everglades bullion piece at bargain prices compared to earlier issues.
These coins are struck at the Philadelphia Mint to a 3-inch diameter and 99.9% silver purity. Only the collector version has the Philadelphia Mint’s "P" mint mark, however. Here is a table of current sales for both types of America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins. Those with an asterisk (*) are no longer available.
2010-2014 Sales of ATB Five Ounce Silver Coins
|Bullion (Investor)||Uncirculated (Collector)|
|2010 Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas)||33,000*||27,000*|
|2010 Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)||33,000*||27,000*|
|2010 Yosemite National Parks (California)||33,000*||27,000*|
|2010 Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)||33,000*||26,019*|
|2010 Mount Hood National Park (Oregon)||33,000*||26,928*|
|2011 Gettysburg National Park (Pennsylvania)||126,700*||24,625*|
|2011 Glacier National Park (Montana)||126,700*||20,856*|
|2011 Olympic National Park (Washington)||104,900*||18,398*|
|2011 Vicksburg National Park (Mississippi)||58,100*||18,594*|
|2011 Chickasaw National Park (Oklahoma)||48,700*||16,827*|
|2012 El Yunque National Park (Puerto Rico)||24,000*||17,314*|
|2012 Chaco Culture National Park (New Mexico)||24,400*||17,146*|
|2012 Acadia National Park (Maine)||25,400*||14,978*|
|2012 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)||20,000*||14,863*|
|2012 Denali National Park (Alaska)||20,000*||15,225*|
|2013 White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire)||35,000*||20,530*|
|2013 Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (Ohio)||30,000*||17,707*|
|2013 Great Basin National Park (Nevada)||30,000*||17,792*|
|2013 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Maryland)||30,000*||19,802*|
|2013 Mount Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota)||35,000*||23,547*|
|2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee)||33,000*||24,710*|
|2014 Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)||24,400||28,276|
|2014 Arches National Park (Utah)||22,000*||28,183|
|2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)||21,900*||22,262|
|2014 Everglades National Park (Florida)||34,000*||19,772|
2015-Dated ATB 5 Oz Silver Coins
America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins, whether bullion or uncirculated, share designs that appear on companion America the Beautiful Quarters. Designs on the 2015 coins honor:
- Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska
- Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana
- Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
- Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware
- Saratoga National Historical Park in New York
The first 2015-dated uncirculated coin is scheduled to launch sometime in March. There has not yet been an announcement with the release date for the bullion coin. Last year’s first bullion coin was released on March 17, 2014 while the companion collectible five ounce piece was introduced on April 7, 2014.