2010 America the Beautiful Silver Coins

The 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Coins are the inaugural year issues within a new series from the United States Mint released as a part of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program.

2010 America the Beautiful Silver Coins

2010 America the Beautiful Silver Coins (bullion versions)

The five debuting coins issued honor Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas), Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming), Yosemite National Park (California), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) and Mount Hood National Forest (Oregon).

Coins under this program are composed of five ounces of .999 fine silver. Current law also requires that each be struck to a diameter of three inches, making them the largest silver products available from the US Mint. As a comparison, the American Silver Eagle only has a diameter of 1.598 inches.

The US Mint is releasing two America the Beautiful Silver Coins for each of the five 2010 designs. One is an investment-grade bullion version. All five were released by the US Mint and offered through its reseller network beginning on December 10. Struck specifically for coin collectors, the US Mint will also release uncirculated versions beginning in early 2011. These are exactly like the bullion coins with the exception of their uncirculated collector finish and a "P" (Philadelphia) mintmark. The uncirculated coins will also be sold directly by the US Mint to the public.

2010 America the Beautiful Silver Coins Designs

Coins in the series are scheduled to be released at a rate of five per year until the initial program is completed in 2021. Those issued in 2010 and during the first part of of 2011 include:

2010 Hot Springs Silver Coin

Hot Springs Silver Coin

2010 Hot Springs Silver Coin - Reverse designs on this coin are emblematic of Hot Springs National Park which is located in the state of Arkansas.

Hot Springs has the distinction of being the first area given federal protection by the United States government when it was created as the Hot Springs Reservations on April 20, 1832.

That protection was sought after by many in Arkansas to protect the thermal waters found in the area and those who visited it. (See 2010 Hot Springs Silver Coin.)

2010 Yellowstone Silver Coin

Yellowstone Silver Coin

2010 Yellowstone Coin - As the name of the coin indicates, the reverse of this strike is emblematic of Yellowstone National Park, located mainly in the state of Wyoming.

Whereas Hot Springs was the first area to receive federal protection, Yellowstone has the distinction of being the first national park, not only in the United States, but also the world.

It was created as such on March 1, 1872 by an Act of Congress signed by President Ulysses S. Grant to preserve the many species of plants and animals as well as the thermal features found in the region. (See 2010 Yellowstone Silver Coin.)

2010 Yosemite Silver Coin

Yosemite Silver Coin

201 Yosemite Silver Coin - On the reverse of this coin, a design emblematic of Yosemite National Park of California may be found.

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant initially offering some protection of the area in 1864, however, it was left to the control of the state of California until October 1, 1890 when it was officially designated a national park.

Today the park receives well over three million annual visitors. (See 2010 Yosemite Silver Coin.)

2010 Grand Canyon Silver Coin - The Grand Canyon National Park, located in the state of Arizona, is featured on the reverse of this silver bullion coin.

2010 Grand Canyon Silver Coin

Grand Canyon Silver Coin

Grand Canyon National Park is perhaps the best known of all of the national parks of the United States owing to the size of the massive canyon for which it is named.

This gorge was carved over millennia by the Colorado River which winds through the bottom of it. At times, the canyon exceeds depths of over a mile and can be as wide as 18 miles in some locations. (See 2010 Grand Canyon Silver Coin.)

2010 Mount Hood Silver Coin

Mount Hood Silver Coin

2010 Mount Hood Silver Coin - Marking the first departure of the program from honoring a national park, this strike features a reverse emblematic of Mount Hood National Forest, located in the state of Oregon.

Mount Hood was created to preserve over 1 million acres of forested mountains, lakes and streams.

Its proximity to the population of Portland, Oregon aids in it receiving well over 4 million visitors annually. (See 2010 Mount Hood Silver Coin.)

The America the Beautiful Silver Coins were authorized by the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-456), the same act which authorized another series of coins from the US Mint known as the America the Beautiful Quarters®.

The original authorizing law stipulates that the obverse and reverse of the America the Beautiful Silver Coins be identical to those designs found on the circulating America the Beautiful Quarters. However, the silver coinage includes an edge inscription to indicate the coins weight of five ounces and fineness of .999 fine silver.

The reverse designs through to the year 2021 will be emblematic of fifty-six selected sites of national interest from around the United States. One site was chosen for the program from each state, the District of Columbia and each of the five US Territories. These "national interest" sites include locations such as national parks, national seashores, national military parks, etc.

Both programs have a consistent obverse design showing John Flanagan's portrait of the first President of the United States, George Washington. It is not surprising that this portrait would be seen on the obverse of the quarter dollar and the associated America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins as it has been featured on the quarter in one form or another since 1932.

America the Beautiful Silver Coins Specifications

Mint: Philadelphia (no mintmark present for bullion, "P" for uncirculated)
Finish/Condition: bullion and uncirculated
Mintages: 33,000 for each bullion coin; 27,000 for each uncirculated coin
Composition: .999 fine silver
Weight: Five ounces
Diameter: Three inches
Edge: Edge incused lettering
Date of Issue: 2010

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