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America the Beautiful Silver Coins

The America the Beautiful Series was introduced by the US Mint in 2010 and has quickly become a collector favorite. It is currently the largest silver bullion coin issued by the United States Mint, and each coin is struck in 5 troy ounces of .999 pure silver. Each year five new coins are released in the series with a limited mintage usually around 35,000 per design.

 

ATB Silver Coin Price Comparison

Introduction of the ATB Silver Coin Series

The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin Series was first introduced in 2010 as the largest silver coin ever released by the US Mint in .999 pure silver. The program is set to feature a total of 4 coins from each state/territory of the U.S. and will celebrate famous people, landmarks and national parks. The series is scheduled to run through 2021, but many expect it to be continued for even longer than that.

The America the Beautiful Series is among the most popular programs offered by the US Mint. Each year both collectors and investors await the release of new coins from the series with great anticipation. Unlike many other bullion coins, the weight and purity indications are located on the rim of the coin and they do not have reeded edges, making them standout among other coins. They are only offered in 5 oz weights each year and generally have very low production runs.

5 oz ATB Silver Coin Design

What makes this series so appealing to collectors is the everchanging design. Each year, 5 unique designs are released by the US Mint to celebrate a national park in a different state or territory. While the reverse contains a unique design each year, a common image is used on their obverse side. Every coin has a legal tender value in the United States of 25 cents, even though their silver value is much higher.

Obverse Design

Each coin from the America the Beautiful Series features a common design on their obverse. This design includes a left profile portrait of George Washington at the center. The design is nearly identical to the US Washington Quarter and features the nation’s name atop Washington. This read “United States of America” in large letters arching along the top half of the coin. To his right and left side are the phrases “In God We Trust” and “Liberty” respectively. Below the portrait is the face value of the coin which is spelled out as; “Quarter Dollar.”

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Reverse Design

The design located on the reverse of the coin changes each year to honor one of America’s famous national parks or historical events. While the design at the center is different for each release, it contains a uniform layout. For example, each coin features the name of the national park above the image with the minting year located below. To the left of the main image is the name of the state that the park is located in, while to the right is the phrase “E Pluribus Unum.”

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America the Beautiful Silver Coin Mintage Numbers

Below is a list with the mintage numbers for each coin that has been released in the ATB coin series (numbers shown are for the 5 oz bullion version):

  • 2010 5 oz Hot Springs ATB Silver Coin – 33,000
  • 2010 5 oz Yellowstone ATB Silver Coin – 33,000
  • 2010 5 oz Yosemite ATB Silver Coin – 33,000
  • 2010 5 oz Grand Canyon ATB Silver Coin – 33,000
  • 2010 5 oz Mount Hood ATB Silver Coin – 33,000
  • 2011 5 oz Gettysburg ATB Silver Coin – 126,700
  • 2011 5 oz Glacier ATB Silver Coin – 126,700
  • 2011 5 oz Olympic ATB Silver Coin – 104,900
  • 2011 5 oz Vicksburg ATB Silver Coin – 58,100
  • 2011 5 oz Chickasaw ATB Silver Coin – 48,700
  • 2012 5 oz El Yunque ATB Silver Coin – 24,000
  • 2012 5 oz Chaco Culture ATB Silver Coin – 24,400
  • 2012 5 oz Acadia ATB Silver Coin – 25,400
  • 2012 5 oz Hawaii Volcanoes ATB Silver Coin – 20,000
  • 2012 5 oz Denali ATB Silver Coin – 20,000
  • 2013 5 oz White Mountains ATB Silver Coin – 35,000
  • 2013 5 oz Perry’s Victory ATB Silver Coin – 30,000
  • 2013 5 oz Great Basin ATB Silver Coin – 30,000
  • 2013 5 oz Fort McHenry ATB Silver Coin – 30,000
  • 2013 5 oz Mount Rushmore ATB Silver Coin – 35,000
  • 2014 5 oz Great Smoky Mountains ATB Silver Coin – 33,000
  • 2014 5 oz Shenandoah ATB Silver Coin – 33,000
  • 2014 5 oz Arches ATB Silver Coin – 22,000
  • 2014 5 oz Great Sand Dunes ATB Silver Coin – 22,000
  • 2014 5 oz Everglades ATB Silver Coin – 34,000
  • 2015 5 oz Homestead ATB Silver Coin – 35,000
  • 2015 5 oz Kisatchie ATB Silver Coin – TBD
  • 2015 5 oz Blue Ridge Parkway ATB Silver Coin – TBD
  • 2015 5 oz Bombay Hook ATB Silver Coin – TBD
  • 2015 5 oz Saratoga ATB Silver Coin – TBD

ATB Silver Coin Packaging

Being that the coins are larger than the average 1 oz weighted coins, they are packaged slightly differently. Coins from the America the Beautiful series are still packaged in tubes and monster boxes by the mint, so most dealers will ship them out this way. Mint quantities include hard plastic tubes of 10 pieces and monster boxes of 100 coins (10 tubes of 10 pieces). Both the monster boxes and the tops of the tubes are blue and contain the US Mint seal. Many online silver dealers will also ship them out in protective packaging like Air-Tite capsules, but this varies slightly from seller to seller.

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Mintage Numbers and Pricing

Compared to other US Mint coins, like the Silver American Eagle for example, the ATB coins have very limited mintage numbers. Many of the coins sell out rather quickly and have a maximum production of around 35,000 while others are more limited. This comes into play in terms of the price you can expect to pay for a specific coin. Coins with lower mintages will generally sell for a much higher markup above the current market value of silver. Condition is also another important factor. You can generally expect to pay around $3-$6 above spot price for newer coins, while older, more rare coins can sell for much higher prices.

Buying ATB Silver Coins

Compared to other popular bullion coins which stay in stock very consistently, America the Beautiful Coins are always going in and out of stock at different silver dealers. This is due to a limited supply and the high demand brought in by collectors. Because of this, if you are looking for a specific coin, it can sometime be tough to track down. Above is our price guide where you are able compare prices offered for each coin by the most popular silver bullion dealers. We only list companies who have the coins in stock so you are able to find them much easier.

ATB Silver Coin History

The “America the Beautiful” silver coin series features new every year. For instance, the 2015 ATB coins include depictions of 5 different sites: Homestead National Monument, Saratoga National Historical Park, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Kisatchie National Forest, and Blue Ridge Parkway. Usually, the park itself serves as the background while a prominent animals or plant life are seen in the foreground. The coins are 5-ounce 40% silver and range between $100 and $150, with significant deviation between the coins.

“America the Beautiful” was a song published on the Fourth of July in 1895, at a time when American nationalism was on the rise. The song was penned by a church choirmaster and organist named , who lived in Newark, New Jersey (across the Hudson River from New York City). Ward wrote the tune in 1882 and named it “Materna”. A publisher who never met the artists combined the song with “America”, a poem by poet , to create the popular piece of Americana.

The lyrics of “America the Beautiful” tell of a vast country of wealth and splendor, its most famous lines being “from sea to shining sea”. In between those coast, it speaks of “amber waves of grain” and “fruited plains “(The Plains States),” Purple Mountain majesties” (The Rocky Mountains), and alabaster cities” (The East Coast). Above it all sits its “spacious skies”, which suggests a country both large and still unfilled–thus full of potential. Three years later, the United States would enter the Spanish-American War, which would be the US’s first real foray into international politics beyond its own shores.

2015 5 oz. Silver ATB Series – The coins for the 2015 series and their lowest prices include Blue Ridge National Park ($116), Bombay Hook National Wildlife Preserve ($115), Kisatchie National Forest ($151), and Homestead National Monument ($141).

2014 5 ounce Silver America the Beautiful Series – The 2014 ATB coin series features some of America’s most striking land features. The Everglades National Park is a ($121) is the name given to the swamps in Southern Florida. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest park in the United States. The Smoky Mountains are the southern reaches of the Appalachian Mountains, which separate the Eastern Seaboard from the interior of the eastern half of the United States. The mountains are found in Georgia and Tennessee. The Shenandoah National Park ($146) is a long valley in Northern Virginia, where some of the fiercest fighting of the American Civil War took place. There, Confederate cavalry officer Jeb Stuart harried the Union forces for several years, until Abraham Lincoln sent General Phil Sheridan with his own cavalry force into the area for a scorched Earth campaign. The Arches National Park ($191) is a set of 2,000 sandstone arches located in the Utah desert. Those trying to picture their splendor should imagine the scenery in a Looney Tunes roadrunner and coyote cartoon. The Great Sand Dunes National Park ($137) is a large area of sand dunes in Colorado, which somewhat belies the common perception that Colorado is nothing but mountains. It’s a spectacular series of coins.

The 2013 America the Beautiful Series – The 2013 series depicts more iconic landmarks, including the Mount Rushmore National Memorial 5 oz Silver ATB Coin ($161), The Great Basin National Park coin, the Fort McHenry National Park coin, and Perry’s Victory & Peace Memorial 5 oz Silver ATB. Fort McHenry is the Baltimore fortress which was bombarded in 1814 by the British, thus inspiring the Star-Spangled Banner. The National Park Service describes Perry Victory and Peace Monument as a memorial for those who fought in the Battle of Erie in 1812, as well as a symbol of the lasting peace between the “Britain, Canada and the U.S.” It was the rare Great Lakes naval battle during the war and was won by Oliver Hazard Perry, the brother of Matthew Perry (the commodore who “opened” Japan to the West in 1854). The Great Basin Coin depicts the White Pine County in eastern Nevada. Mount Rushmore is the South Dakota monument which honors four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt.

2012 5 oz ATB Coin Series – The 2012 series features America’s outlying areas, from Alaska to Maine and Puerto Rico to Hawaii. The Acadia National Park is a $321 coin which shows the beautiful coastline of Maine. Denali National Park takes one near the Arctic Circle to Alaska’s great outdoors. The Chaco Culture National Coin depicts a Native American culture which thrived in New Mexico from 900 to 1150 AD, then mysteriously vanished. It is thought the Chaco Culture fell due to climate change (drought). The El Yunque National Park depicts a famous landmark area in Puerto Rico, while the Hawai’i Volcanos coin depicts the most famous features in the Hawaiian Islands. Ironically, both Puerto Ricans and Hawaiians would like their independence from the United States.

2011 America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver – The 2011 ATB series contains disparate part of American culture: two famous Civil War battlefields and two Native American national monuments. The 2011 Gettysburg ATB 5 oz Silver Coin depicts the turning point of the Civil War, when Robert E. Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania was turned back and the cream of the Army of Northern Virginia was cut down in a 3-day battle in July 1863. The 2011 Vicksburg ATB 5 oz Silver Coin depicts the second-most important battle in the war, which ironically ended a thousand miles to the West the day before Gettysburg ended. Vicksburg was a key Confederate strongpoint on the Mississippi River, but it was put under siege by the U.S. Navy and the Union Army, under Ulysses S. Grant. The Fall of Vicksburg cut the Confederacy in half and assured the rebel states would be surrounded and reduced. The 2011 Chickasaw National Recreation Area ATB 5 oz Silver Coin depicts the famous Native American tribe of Oklahoma which runs the Winstar Casino. The park is located near Sulphur, Oklahoma, which I can attest earns its name, due to sulfurous springs which exist nearby. Glacier National Park is a beautiful stretch of land in Montana, near the Canadian border. It is a refuge for buffalo.

2010 ATB 5 oz Silver 5-Coin Set – The 2010 ATB 5-coin set includes the most famous American national parks there are. As the first in the series, that would be natural. Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas is known for its natural steam springs. When Yellowstone National Park was made a part by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, it was the first US national park–and likely the first national park in world history. It is known for its geothermal features, including the geyser known as “Old Faithful”. Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Madre Mountains was set aside by President Abraham Lincoln (thus making it a possible earlier national park), but was not formally made a national park until later. It was a wise idea, because the vast land set aside today remains 95% wilderness and some of the last remaining undeveloped non-arid land in California. It welcomes 3.7 million tourists every year. The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is one of the most dramatic landscape features in the world, and thus is the most famous gorge in the world. Mount Hood National Park or Wy’east is one of the most beautiful spots in North America. It is a Cascade Mountain area with 12 glaciers and snowfields.

Collectors also can buy the ATB 5-ounce “Monster Box” with tubes to keep their sets of coins in. It is a $23 product which looks like a big blue tackle box. Finally, collectors also have the ability to collect PCGS-certified ATB products and NGC-certified ATBs. This is a premier coin series which shows off the best nature and history America has to offer.

American Patriotic Songs – The creation of “America the Beautiful” follows a typically atypical pattern for American patriotic songs. The Star-Spangled Banner was written by a doctor treating U.S. prisoners of war aboard a British warship, as it bombarded the port of Baltimore during the War of 1812. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was written using the music “John Brown’s Body” by a female abolitionist and social activist in the year the bloody American Civil War began. The lyrics to “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” were written by a Baptist minister in 1831 and paired with the British national anthem, “God Save the Queen”. “God Bless America” was written in 1918 by Irving Berlin for America’s entry into World War I, but it became popular in 1913 when the Jewish composer reintroduced it as a statement against the treatment of Jews by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

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