2010 Grand Canyon Silver Coin

The 2010 Grand Canyon Silver Coin marks the fourth of five strikes to appear from the United States Mint in 2010 as part of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program.

2010 Grand Canyon Silver Coin

2010 Grand Canyon Silver Coin - Bullion Version

There are two versions of the 2010 Grand Canyon Silver Coin. There is an investment-grade bullion version. The bullion coin was released by the US Mint through its reseller network on December 10, 2010. There is also a collector uncirculated version which the US Mint will sell directly in the first quarter of 2011. The collector version has an uncirculated version and also features the Philadelphia "P" mintmark.

Strikes in the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin Program were authorized by the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-456) along with a series of circulating quarter dollars.

Both series feature imagery identical to each-other and are released on a schedule similar to one another. Both also honor specific sites of national interest with their reverse designs. A total of fifty-six sites were chosen for the programs with one selected from each state, the District of Columbia and the five territories of the United States. Honored sites include locations such as national parks, national forests, national monuments, etc.

The coin represents perhaps the best known national park in the national park system of the United States. It is located in the state of Arizona and was first established as a forest reserve in 1893. It was redesignated several times before finally becoming a national park on February 26, 1919.

Found with the park is the massive Grand Canyon itself. A gorge of the Colorado River, the canyon extends for approximately 277 miles at times reaching widths of 18 miles and depths over a mile. The canyon was cut over millennia by the Colorado River which still flows through the bottom of the canyon.

Grand Canyon Silver Coin Design

'United States of America,' 'Quarter Dollar,' 'Liberty' and 'In God We Trust' are inscribed on the obverse of each Grand Canyon coin along with a portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The image of Washington was designed by John Flanagan and first featured on the circulating 1932 quarter dollar. That same image has been used ever since on the quarter.

The reverse of the coin shown an image of the granaries above the Nankoweap Delta in Marble Canyon near the Colorado River. It was both designed and sculpted by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill and includes the inscriptions of 'Grand Canyon,' 'Arizona,' '2010' and 'E PLURIBUS UNUM.'

Grand Canyon Silver Coin Specifications

Mintmark: no mintmark present for bullion coin, "P" mintmark for uncirculated version
Composition: 99.9% silver
Weight: five ounces
Diameter: three inches
Date of Issue: 2011
Mintages: 33,000 for bullion; 27,000 for uncirculated
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill

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