America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin Mintages

Towards the end of last year, the US Mint sent shock waves through the coin collecting community when they announced that the long delayed America the Beautiful silver Bullion Coins would have mintages of only 33,000 per design. This would be supplemented by 27,000 numismatic versions for each design to be released at a later time. These have now begun to be released by the US Mint with the latest Yellowstone issue on sale from May 17.

Meanwhile, the US Mint has started distributing the 2011-dated ATB Silver Bullion Coins. These have significantly higher mintages than the 2010-dated issues.

The issues featuring Gettysburg National Military Park and Glacier National park were released early this year, with an initial quantity of 126,700 coins per design available. This week, the US Mint began sales of the Olympic National Park coin, also with an initial mintage of 126,700.

At almost four times the mintages of the prior year issue, this would seem to secure the place of the 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Eagles as potential keys. The US Mint seems to be making an effort to produce future issues in bullion quantities to avoid the issues experienced in 2010. Precious metals investors seem to be willing to purchase all the silver they can get, especially with the American Silver Eagle one ounce coins still subject to rationing.



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