2010 Yosemite Silver Coin

The 2010 Yosemite Silver Coin is the third of five 2010 releases in the United States Mint's America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program.

2010 Yosemite Silver Coin

2010 Yosemite Silver Coin - Bullion Version

There are two different versions of the coin -- a bullion version sold through US Mint resellers or "Authorized Purchasers," and a collection uncirculated version available directly from the US Mint. The bullion 2010 Yosemite Silver Coin was released on December 10, 2010. The uncirculated coin is expected to be released during the first quarter in 2011. This coin, unlike the bullion piece, has a uncirculated finish and a "P" mintmark.

Coins in the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin Program were authorized along with a new series of circulating quarters under the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-456). Both series feature identical imagery to each-other, but the silver bullion coins are to be struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches. This makes these coins the largest bullion products of the United States Mint.

Containing some of the most scenic vistas in the state of California, Yosemite was first afforded federal protection under the "Yosemite Grant" signed in law by President Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864. It was redesignated a national park on October 1, 1890.

Well over three million people visit Yosemite's 761,268 acres annually, but most spend there time in the relatively small Yosemite Valley. The valley offers terrific views of the granite summits of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cloud's Rest along with a dense forest of pine trees.

Yosemite Silver Coin Design

George Washington, the first President of the United States, is featured on the obverse of the Yosemite Silver Bullion Coin along with the inscriptions of 'United States of America,' 'Quarter Dollar,' 'Liberty' and 'In God We Trust.' The portrait was originally completed by John Flanagan for the circulating 1932 quarter dollar and has been featured on the quarter in one form or another ever since.

The inscriptions of 'Yosemite,' 'California,' '2010' and 'E PLURIBUS UNUM' are joined on the reverse by a design completed by Joseph Menna and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. That design showcases an image of the massive granite monolith known as El Capitan found within the park.

Yosemite Silver Coin Specifications

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

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