Arches Five Ounce Silver Coins Like Quarters

The second week of June brings Arches National Park Quarters to the U.S. public and also two silver coins with the same designs but in a much larger format.

2014-P Arches National Park 5 oz Silver Uncirculated Coin
Arches National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins share the same designs as Arches quarters

Weighing 5.000 ounces, having diameters of 3.000 inches and compositions of 99.9% silver, the two silver coins are intended for two different purposes — one for coin collectors and the other for investors.

An official kickoff for Arches quarters happened on June 6, 2014 when the United States Mint and National Park Service held a ceremony introducing them to the public. On June 9, 2014, the U.S. quarters start entering circulation for commerce and the U.S. Mint makes them available in rolls, sets and bags.

Also on June 9 and for investors, the U.S. Mint starts selling Arches National Park Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins through its network of bullion dealers. The public can get these investment-grade coins through dealers for a few dollars per ounce over spot.

Then on the June 12 and for everyone with collectors in mind, the U.S. Mint starts selling Arches National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins from its website at www.usmint.gov for $154.95.

The following table shows how the quarters and coins and are both similar and different:

US Quarters Bullion Coin Uncirculated Coin
Intended For Commerce and Coin Collectors Investors Coin Collectors
Finish Brilliant Brilliant Matte
Mint Marks ‘P’ for Philadelphia Mint; ‘D’ for Denver Mint; ‘S’ for San Francisco None ‘P’ for Philadelphia Mint
Composition Cupro-Nickel Clad (8.33% Nickel, Balance Cu) 99.9% Silver
Denomination Quarter
Weight 5.670 grams 5.000 troy ounces
Diameter 0.955 inches 3.000 inches
Thickness 1.75 mm 0.165 inches
Edges Reeded Letterings of ‘.999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE’

The U.S. Mint offers Arches quarters in rolls, sets and bags and Arches uncirculated silver coins beginning at noon ET on their release dates.

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