Sales of the second 2015-dated America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin kicked off on Monday, April 20. Featuring a reverse design emblematic of Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana, United States Mint distributors scooped up 23,000 coins by the end of the day.
That’s a quicker start than the prior 2015-dated bullion piece commemorating Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska, which logged first-day sales of 14,200 coins and then sold out 42 days later at 35,000.
Designs on these new 99.9% silver coins are just like those found on companion Kisatchie National Forest quarters, except scaled in size to fit on larger 3-inch diameter surfaces. Kisatchie quarters also went on sale Monday. On Tuesday, April 28, the U.S. Mint will release the collectible 2015-P Homestead five ounce silver coin in uncirculated quality for $149.95.
Five ounce bullion coins are not sold directly to the public like collectible uncirculated editions. Intended for investors, the Mint sells them through a network of "authorized purchasers" at a price of $9.75 per coin plus spot. Coin and precious metals dealers are now pre-selling Kisatchie silver bullion coins for about $103 each, with discounts offered at higher quantities.
All five ounce coins are made at the Philadelphia Mint using the same coining press. Only collector uncirculated versions have 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.
2010-2015 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)||28,000*||28,451*|
|2014 Arches National Park (Utah)||22,000*||28,434*|
|2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)||22,000*||23,278|
|2014 Everglades National Park (Florida)||34,000*||21,804|
|2015 Homestead National Park (Florida)||35,000*||18,407|
Upcoming 2015-dated five ounce coins and quarters include those honoring Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, and Saratoga National Historical Park in New York.