2018 Silver 5 oz America The Beautiful Voyageurs NP Minnesota
The third 2018 America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver coin release features Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park. Named for the historic French-Canadian fur traders, who bravely navigated these interconnected waterways. Voyageur in French actually means "traveler," which these early traders and settlers definitely were. The waterways of Voyageurs were a vital part of the fur trade route into the Northwest territories. The history of Voyageurs preceding its establishment as a National Park in 1975 is fascinating. Looking back 250 years, we see the trade routes becoming more established. These navigable natural waterways clearly made way for a rich history to evolve throughout the region.
Fascinating Stories – Amazing Place
And then, there is the story of the Norwegian immigrant, Ingvald Walter Stevens. As recounted on the National Park's website, after living in the U.S. for 47 years, "Steve," as he came to be known, purchased a 400 acre island in 1932. The island was located in what is now Voyageurs. He lived on his island alone for almost 50 years, completely self-sufficient. In his own words, "I love Solitude, I love the wilderness, I love the wildlife. I do not like crowds. I do not like the city, where even the snow is dirty. I like my own company. I don't want to live if I can’t take care of myself." Steve left his beloved island in 1979, at the age of 94, living another ten years.
With 218,000 acres (84,00 of which is water), the natural features of the Park are the greatest draw to visitors. The waterways weave through a patchwork of literally hundreds of islands. Beautiful recreational water resources are frequented by kayakers and fishermen of all ages. The Park encompasses four major lakes, including Namakan Lake, where Ingvald Walter Stevens made his home. The winter resources are also amazing, including skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoe hiking. If you happen to share any of "Steve’s" sentiments regarding the value of getting away from the distractions of the city, you will surely love this place!
The reverse design of this 2018 ATB 5 oz Voyageurs National Park bullion coin features a pristine water scene. A finely detailed common loon is floating on the still waters of one of the area lakes. The bird's detail is meticulous, which highlights the overall scene very nicely. A very rough, weather and ancient glacier-scarred, rocky cliff rises very high out of the water in the near background. A scattering of trees have broken through the rocky shoreline. This gives way to a distant dense forest of Southern Boreal and Northern Hardwoods. The combined effect of the finely detailed waterfowl in the foreground against the rough, rocky cliffs in the background has produced a remarkable design. It is a fine commemoration of this stunning National Park.
These beautifully crafted .999 fine silver coins arrive from the U.S. Mint in sealed monster boxes. An ATB monster box contains 10 rolls of 10 coins in each roll making a total of 100 coins. BOLD offers these stunning silver bullion ATBs individually as singles, or in volume.
More Than a Remarkable Coin
This Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota 5 oz Silver ATB is much more than a beautiful, investment bullion grade collectable coin. It features an awe-inspiring, National historical site. As with all ATB coin releases, the sites represented are true National treasures, having deep historical, cultural or natural significance.
Be sure to check out this National Park Service site for more info on the Voyageurs National Park. Then, when your new coins arrive, make it a teachable moment with your kids. Never miss an opportunity to get your children involved!
- Contains: 5 Troy oz of .999 fine silver.
- The largest silver bullion coins ever issued by the United States Mint.
- Design of the coins duplicates exactly (though enlarged) each of the America the Beautiful Quarters series.
- Obverse: Common to entire series, depicting George Washington in a restored version of the portrait created by John Flanagan for the 1932 Washington quarter.
- Reverse: The reverse design features a beautifully detailed common loon in a pristine water scene. Weather-scared cliffs rise high in the background, with the rocky beach awash from the rolling waves. A dense forest is seen further in the distance. Inscriptions include, "Voyageurs" arched at the top, with "2018" at the bottom, and "Minnesota" arched to the left of the date, and "E Pluribus Unum" to its right.
- Reverse Design – Designer: Patricia Morris | Sculptor-Engraver: Joseph Menna.
- Edge: Smooth edge inscribed with the coin specifications: ".999 Fine Silver 5.0 Ounce."
Authorization for 5 oz 0.999 fine silver ATB coins was enacted in 2008. With the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-456), popular series was born. The designs of America the Beautiful 5 oz coins replicate those of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters. The bullion coins are three inches in diameter and have a nominal face value of 25 cents. These are the first five ounce, three inch, 0.999 fine silver bullion coins ever produced by the United States Mint. The fineness and weight are edge-incused on the coins.
These unique silver bullion coins feature reverse designs depicting national parks and other national sites in each state. Included are District of Columbia and U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands. The coins are being issued in the order each featured site was established as a national park or site. Investors can now choose bullion coins that honor some of our Nation's most treasured national parks and sites. Those featured are amazing, majestic places, which truly make us "America the Beautiful."
Investment Grade Bullion
ATB silver bullion coins are investment-grade bullion coins, with their weight, content and purity guaranteed by the U.S. government. The coins are also legal tender, although their quarter-dollar face value is merely symbolic. ATB silver bullion coins sell at prevailing silver market prices, plus a moderate premium to cover production and other costs. Silver is typically the lowest-priced precious metal; making these bullion coins an affordable choice for most investors and collectors.
Distinguishing Bullion and Uncirculated
There are three ways to distinguish between Bullion and Uncirculated ATBs.
- Under the "In God we Trust" inscription, the uncirculated coins feature a "P" symbol representing the Philadelphia mint, whereas the bullion coins do not have a mintmark.
- Uncirculated coins are vapor blasted after minting, giving them a matte finish, while bullion coins have a shinier finish.
- The uncirculated coin also comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Mint and is placed inside a plastic capsule and then in a mint-issued box.