The United States Mint is on a sellout roll with its numismatic products. The Mint’s curved baseball coins in gold and silver have sold out and its latest five ounce America the Beautiful silver uncirculated coin for Great Smoky Mountains National Park is poised to join them.
Released on Monday, April 7, 2014, sales of the collectible hit 21,415 or 85.7% of the maximum 25,000 by Sunday, April 13. The start is probably the quickest of the silver coins since 2012, though it’s impossible to say for sure since its first sales reporting period is longer than issues from last year.
In any event, get one while you can if interested. It seems likely it will sell out sooner than later. The coin is priced at $154.95.
Here is how starting sales of the Great Smoky Mountains silver coin compares to others since 2012:
|Numismatic ATB Uncirculated Silver Coins||Release Dates||Debut Sales*||Latest Sales|
|2014-P Smoky Mountains National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins||April 7||21,415||21,415|
|2013-P Mount Rushmore National Memorial Five Ounce Silver Coins||Nov 7, 2013||14,012||23,547 / Final|
|2013-P Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Five Ounce Silver Coins||Aug 29, 2013||10,878||19,802 / Final|
|2013-P Great Basin National Park Five Ounce Silver Coinss||July 25, 2013||8,819||17,792 / Final|
|2013-P Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Five Ounce Silver Coinss||June 6, 2013||7,966||17,707 / Final|
|2013-P White Mountain National Forest Five Ounce Silver Coins||May 16, 2013||10,605||20,530 / Final|
|2012-P El Yunque National Forest Five Ounce Silver Coins||May 29, 2012||6,514||17,314 / Final|
|2012-P Chaco Culture National Historic Park Five Ounce Silver Coins||Jul 9, 2012||6,365||17,146 / Final|
|2012-P Acadia National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins||Aug 13, 2012||6,552||14,978 / Final|
|2012-P Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins||Sept 24, 2012||9,186||14,863 / Final|
|2012-P Denali National Park and Preserve Five Ounce Silver Coins||Nov 5, 2012||6,905||15,225 / Final|
*Time periods for the first reported U.S. Mint sales of the 2012-dated America the Beautiful silver coins were one week or a day less than one week. Conversely, each of the 2013-dated silver coins have opening sales periods from Thursday to the following Sunday.
Sales of Bullion Version
In other coin news, sales of the bullion or investor Great Smoky Mountains National Park Five Ounce Silver Coin surged this week by 7,400 to 22,400. This bullion coin shares the same designs as the silver uncirculated coin discussed above. Its major differences are its brilliant finish and the lack of the Philadelphia Mint’s "P" mint mark.
The U.S. Mint does not sell these coins directly to the public like its collectible products. They are distributed through a network of dealers and typically sell for a few percentage points above the melt value of their five ounces of 99.9% pure silver. The bureau has not officially stated how many of them it will sell.