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 status as a limited release in a collectible series.
For 2017, the US Mint is delivering 5 beautiful designs commemorating:
- The Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa – Released in February
- The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C. – Released in April
- The Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri – Released in June
- Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) in New Jersey – Released in August
- George Rodgers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana – Released in November
The Effigy Mounts National Monument was designated by President Harry Truman in 1949. The National Monument totals 2,526 acres along the Mississippi River in Iowa. Historically, the area was home to numerous Native American tribes whose cultures included the building of ceremonial earth mounds. Predominate mound shapes in this area are of the bear and the bird. They are considered by many Native tribe descendants to be a sacred place.
The Frederick Douglass National Historical Site is located at Douglass’ home in Washington, D.C. Frederick Douglass escaped slavery in Maryland and became an acclaimed social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman. He once stated, “I would unite with anybody to do right and nobody to do wrong.”
The Ozark Mountains cover large swaths of land in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. It contains many beautiful streams, rivers, lakes, trails and caverns. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is a national park created in 1964 to protect the Current and Jacks Forks rivers. The coin depicts Alley Mill, a steel roller mill built in 1894, which can still be visited today.
Ellis Island is home to the iconic Statue of Liberty and was a primary entry point for immigrants to the United States from 1892 to 1954. Located in the Upper New York Bay, the island is mostly located within the New Jersey state boundary. The coin depicts an immigrant family with each member expressing a different emotion on their face. The hospital building is in the background.
George Rodgers Clark National Historical Park is in Indiana along the banks of the Wabash River. The park features a memorial to Lieutenant Colonel George Rodgers Clark. Lt. Col. Clark led his men on a 1779 heroic winter march, defeating and capturing British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton. That march, known as the Illinois Campaign and is considered one of the most memorable feats of the American Revolution.