The United States Mint will issue three America the Beautiful Silver Coins in late April 2011 that feature minted year strikes from 2010 and 2011.
These five ounce, .999 fine silver coins are companions to the America the Beautiful Quarters® which honor national parks and sites in the U.S., its territories and D.C.
There are two types of five ounce coins — the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin and the America the Beautiful Silver Uncirculated Coin. The first type is produced for investors and the second for collectors.
The bullion issues are sold through the U.S. Mint’s network of distributors, like the bullion American Silver Eagles. The collector versions are offered to the public directly from the Mint, like the proof American Silver Eagles. While the bullion and collector uncirculated coins share the same designs, the collector version has a brilliant finish and also carries a "P" mintmark denoting its production in Philadelphia. The bullion coins are also minted in Philadelphia but do not have a mintmark.
The United States Mint on April 25, 2011 will release the first two of five investor-grade 2011 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins. Three days later, on April 28, 2011, it will release the very first collector five ounce America the Beautiful Silver Uncirculated Coin.
The bullion silver coins celebrate Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania and Glacier National Park in Montana. These 2011-dated coins have higher mintages than the debuting 2010 coins, at least 126,500 for each design. Last year’s five bullion versions, which were sold in December, were expected to have mintages of 100,000 each, but instead were cut down to 33,000 each. The low mintages made them attractive to coin collectors as well.
While the United States Mint produced all of the 2010-dated collector versions last year, it did not sell any of them. The first uncirculated silver coin for sale on April 28 celebrates Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. It has a mintage of 27,000 like the other 2010 collector issues which will also be released this year. These should be highly sought after by collectors as well. The Mint has not yet said how much it will charge for the uncirculated coins, but expectations run higher than $200 since each has five ounces of silver and the precious metal climbed over $40 an ounce on Friday.