2011 America the Beautiful Silver Coins

Released by the United States Mint in 2011 will be five new investment grade silver bullion strikes as part of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program.

These strikes mark a continuation of a series that debuted in 2010 that will see five new coins issued annually as part of it until at least the year 2021. The coins were authorized as part of the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 which also created a new series of circulating quarter dollars.

In fact, these silver bullion coins are to feature designs that are identical to those found on the quarters. The reverse designs are to be emblematic of a selected site of national interest from around the United States. One such site was chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and the five US Territories, for a total of fifty six. Honored sites include locations such as national parks, national memorials, national forests, etc.

The obverse design will feature a portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. This portrait was first used on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and has been featured on the quarter, in one form or another, ever since. It is the work of artist John Flanagan.

Despite featuring similar designs, however, the bullion coins will be quite different from the circulating quarter dollars. Each of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins will be struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver. The original authorizing legislation dictated that each be three inches in diameter. These specifications firmly place these pieces as the largest bullion products of the US Mint. For reference, the American Silver Eagle has a diameter of 1.598 inches.

2011 Silver Coin Designs

The five America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins due to be released in 2011 include:

2011 Gettysburg Silver Coin - These coins feature reverse designs emblematic of Gettysburg National Military Park which is located in the state of Pennsylvania.

This military park was originally established by the War Department on February 11, 1895 and transferred to the National Park Service in 1933. It honors and commemorates the American Civil War Battle of Gettysburg and those who fought in it. (See 2011 Gettysburg Silver Coin.)

2011 Glacier Silver Coin - Reverse designs on this coin feature Glacier National Park found in the state of Montana.

Glacier was originally created as a national forest preserve in 1897. Its designation as a national park came thirteen years later on May 11, 1910. Both titles offered the pristine area a level of protection from the federal government meant to preserve the natural resources found within its boundaries.(See 2011 Glacier Silver Coin.)

2011 Olympic Silver Coin - This coin contains a reverse design showcasing the natural qualities of Olympic National Park in the state of Washington.

The site was first preserved as Mount Olympus National Monument in 1909. It was redesignated as Olympic National Park in 1938 to further enhance the federal protection of the area which retains much of the ecosystem present there from centuries ago. (See 2011 Olympic Silver Coin .)

2011 Vicksburg Silver Coin - Found on the reverse of this coin is a design emblematic of Vicksburg National Military Park located mainly in the state of Mississippi.

Like Gettysburg National Military Park, Vicksburg was originally established by the War Department, but in 1899. Maintenance and management was turned over to the National Park Service in 1933. The park seeks to commemorate the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg and the greater Vicksburg Campaign..(See 2011 Vicksburg Silver Coin .)

2011 Chickasaw Silver Coin - Reverse design on this coin is emblematic of Chickasaw National Recreation Area found in the state of Oklahoma.

The area of Chickasaw was originally established as Sulphur Springs Reservation in 1902 from 640 acres bought from the Chickasaw Indian Nation. It was redesignated in 1976 to the current title to better reflect the origins of the recreation area.(See 2011 Chickasaw Silver Coin )

Like the other bullion strikes of the Mint, these massive coins will not be sold by the Mint directly to the public. Instead, a network of authorized purchasers will be used which obtains the coins in bulk in order to resell them to the public for a small premium above the current spot price of the precious metal contained within them.

Original legislation on the coins dictates that each contain edge incused lettering showing the coins weight and fineness.

America the Beautiful Silver Coin Specifications

Mint: Philadelphia (no mintmark present)
Finish/Condition: bullion
Composition: .999 fine silver
Weight: five ounces
Diameter: three inches
Edge: edge incused lettering
Date of Issue: 2010-2021

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