Sustained popular demand established America The Beautiful 5oz silver quarters one of the most popular series in US Mint history. From its first release, the series has been prized both by bullion investors and coin collectors.
The America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-456) authorized production of these 5 oz, .999 silver bullion coins. These larger coins replicate each of the designs featured on the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters. They are the first 5 oz coins ever produced by the US Mint. They have a diameter of 3 inches with a nominal face value of 25 cents. The first releases in the series launched in 2010 with 5 designs. Five additional designs will follow each year through 2021 totaling 56 coins in all.
The ATB 5 oz bullion coins are one of BOLD’s most highly recommended silver series. They are considered semi-numismatic. That is, the coins have limited production (mintage) and the price factors in both the metal content and its collectability.
Being bullion products, upon release ATBs carry only a modest initial premium over the spot price of silver. That premium generally appreciates over time, once the production run for that release is complete and no new coins produced. This semi-numismatic status offers buyers the potential for a double benefit. Not only will you be holding bullion as an investment, but also the expectation of increased premium over spot from its collectability.
For 2016, the US Mint is delivering 5 beautiful designs commemorating:
- The Shawnee National Forest in Illinois
- The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky
- The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia
- The Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
- Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) in South Carolina
The Shawnee National Forest was designated by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1939. It was a result of almost a decade of effort which included the re-forestation of old farmland covering much of the area. Today the forest consists of over a quarter million acres home to hundreds of animal species.
The Cumberland Gap is located on the border of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia and has been used for centuries by Native Americans, migratory animals, and early settlers to pass through the Appalachian Mountains.
Harpers Ferry has a prominent place in the history of North America. It was the home to Native American tribes for thousands of years prior to the arrival of European settlers. In 1799, President George Washington ordered the construction of a federal armory which utilized the waterpower generated by the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Prior to the Civil War, abolitionist John Brown seized the armory with plans to incite a slave revolt. During the war, both the North and South fought for possession of the strategic location. After the war, Stoner College was founded at one of the first integrated schools in the nation.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is named after the President who spent part of his life running a cattle ranch nearby in the Badlands of North Dakota. Roosevelts early experiences in the Badlands influenced him in many ways and instilled in him a deep commitment to conservation and preservation. He signed 5 national parks into law and his Antiquities Act of 1906 gave authority to future Presidents to create over 100 national monuments in later years.
Fort Moultrie in located on Sullivans Island in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. Colonel William Moultrie commanded the first fort there when the British Navy attacked it on June 28, 1776. He successfully defended it and after 9 hours, the British retreated. In gratitude, the fort was named after him. Today, the fort is part of the larger Fort Sumter National Monument complex and provides visitors with a window back in time from World War II to the early days of the American Revolution.