2010 Yellowstone Silver Coin

The 2010 Yellowstone Silver Coin marks second release of the United States Mint's America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program, which also debuted in 2010.

2010 Yellowstone Silver Coin

2010 Yellowstone Silver Coin - Bullion Version

Under the program, a total of fifty-six sites of national interest from around the United States will be honored with a different silver coin. Each of these silver pieces will be struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches.

Each will also contain obverse and reverse imagery identical to what will be found on the circulating quarters also issued by the Mint. In fact, both series of coins were authorized by the same legislation -- the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-456).

There are actually two versions of the 2010 Yellowstone Silver Coin. There is the bullion version the US Mint released on December 10, 2010, and the collector uncirculated version which the US Mint said will be issued during the first quarter in 2011. The collector uncirculated Yellowstone Silver Coin is different from the bullion in three major way: it is sold directly by the US Mint -- bullion coins are sold through US Mint resellers; it carries an uncirculated finish; and it has the Philadelphia "P" mintmark.

Yellowstone was the first national park in the world and was created by a law signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. The 3,472 square mile park is located mainly in the state of Wyoming, but also extends into parts of Idaho and Montana.

Found within the park is a cornucopia of wildlife and geographical features making it one of the most visited national parks in the nation. While many enjoy the scenic views and animal watching, most visit the park to take in the many thermal features found there like the iconic Old Faithful Geyser.

Yellowstone Silver Coin Design

The inscriptions of 'United States of America,' 'Quarter Dollar,' 'Liberty' and 'In God We Trust' are joined on the obverse of the coin with an image of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The portrait of Washington was designed by John Flanagan and initially used on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar.

The reverse of the coin showcases Old Faithful Geyser along with a mature bull bison shown in the foreground. It was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart and also includes the inscriptions 'Yellowstone,' 'Wyoming,' '2010' and 'E PLURIBUS UNUM.'

Yellowstone Silver Coin Specifications

Mintmark: no mintmark present for bullion version, "P" 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: Don Everhart

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