Collectors waiting for the five-ounce 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins were given exciting new images of them from the United States Mint. In an unexpected surprise, the coins are crisper, showing much more detail than their America the Beautiful Quarters™ counterparts which have the same obverse and reverse designs.
Michael White, spokesman for the U.S. Mint, confirmed their better quality, indicating the bullion coins have more detail because "each work die is engraved and not hubbed," and that the hubbing technique used on quarters and other circulating coins "softens the design and removes detail."
Below are the individual 2010 five-ounce silver coin images:
2010 Hot Springs National Park Silver Bullion Coin
The Hot Springs National Park headquarters building and thermal spring fountain are featured on the coin’s reverse, shown immediately here:
The Spanish colonial revival styled entrance is more accentuated on the silver version. The National Park Service emblem is on the right side beside the door. Inscriptions include HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The image was designed by Don Everhart and sculpted by Joseph Menna.
2010 Yellowstone National Park Silver Bullion Coin
The reverse has the famous Old Faithful geyser and a mature bull bison in the foreground.
The second bison in the background is more visible on the bullion coin. Inscriptions are YELLOWSTONE, WYOMING, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. It was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.
2010 Yosemite National Park Silver Bullion Coin
The image of El Capitan, the largest monolith of granite in the world, is featured on the reverse of the coins. Joseph Menna designed and Phebe Hemphill sculpted the coin.
The spectacular rock formations on the monolith are more acute on the larger coin. YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM are inscribed around the image.
2010 Grand Canyon National Park Silver Bullion Coin
A view of the granaries above the Nankoweap Delta in the northernmost section of the Grand Canyon is featured on the reverse side.
The cliff recesses and the trail are more pronounced on the silver coin. Inscriptions are GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. It was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.
2010 Mount Hood National Forest Silver Bullion Coin
The reverse depicts a view of Mount Hood with Lost Lake in the foreground. Ripples in the lake and the mountains’ landscape stand out on the bullion version. Inscriptions include MOUNT HOOD, OREGON, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The coin was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.
The coins’ edges can be clearly seen in the image below. The incused lettering states .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.
The maximum bullion coin mintage for each 2010 silver piece is 100,000, making the total 500,000 across all five. Officials from the Mint said they started producing them on September 21, 2010, and they will launch them later this year. Earlier in the year, the Mint indicated a possibility for collector versions, but there has been no new information on whether it will happen.
The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins will be sold through the Mint’s network of Authorized Purchasers, who will then resell them to the public.