The seventh and eighth America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are scheduled for successive October and November releases, according to a recently updated product listing from the United States Mint.
While subject to change, the Mint currently plans to launch the 2011-P Glacier National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on October 25 and the 2011-P Olympic National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on November 29.
Earlier assumptions would have placed the price tag for each of the collector coins at $279.95, the same amount charged by the Mint when the first six issues were released. The first four sold out at that price. The fifth and sixth uncirculated coins have not, although they are currently unavailable. The United States Mint suspended their sales on Monday for re-pricing when silver crashed below $30 an ounce. Unless silver rises sharply in the very near term, their sales are expected to resume at lower prices.
Each of the uncirculated coins is composed of .999 fine silver and has a diameter of three inches. They uniquely include edge letterings of ".999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE." Their designs replicate the obverse and reverse of their corresponding America the Beautiful Quarters.
As the names for the next two coins imply, they honor American national parks. The seventh coin in the series celebrates Glacier National Park located in the state of Montana. The reverse of the coin, designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers, features a foreground of a climbing mountain goat with a view of Mount Reynolds in the background.
The eighth coin honors Olympic National Park which is located in the state of Washington. Designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, the reverse depicts a Roosevelt elk standing on a gravel river bar of the Hoh River with Mount Olympus in the background.
For reference, information on the first ten America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins follows:
|Date/ Mintmark||Site Honored||Release Date||Sales*||Status|
|2010-P||Hot Springs National Park, AR||April 28, 2011||27,000||Sold Out|
|2010-P||Yellowstone National Park, WY||May 17, 2011||27,000||Sold Out|
|2010-P||Yosemite National Park, CA||June 9, 2011||27,000||Sold Out|
|2010-P||Grand Canyon National Park, AZ||June 29, 2011||27,564||Sold Out|
|2010-P||Mount Hood National Forest, OR||July 28, 2011||22,452||Suspended|
|2011-P||Gettysburg National Military Park, PA||Sept. 22, 2011||9,549||Suspended|
|2011-P||Glacier National Park, MT||Oct. 25, 2011||TBD||–|
|2011-P||Olympic National Park, WA||Nov. 29, 2011||TBD||–|
|2011-P||Vicksburg National Military Park, MS||TBD||TBD||–|
|2011-P||Chickasaw National Recreation Area, OK||TBD||TBD||–|
*The United States Mint provided sales figures are as of Monday, September 26.
Fifty-six uncirculated coins are scheduled for release through to 2021. Each one will honor a specific national park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.
The United States Mint already produced and has sold investment-grade bullion versions with the same Glacier and Olympic designs. The bullion coins do not have a mintmark and their finishes are brilliant instead of the matte style found on the collector uncirculated coins. Also, bullion coins are sold through U.S. Mint authorized distributors. All collector coins are sold directly by the Mint to the public.
For more information on each of the coins above, check out this site’s National Park Silver Coins information pages.