On May 7, the United States Mint had announced the sell out of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins featuring Kisatchie National Forest. These coins had gone on sale to authorized purchasers on April 20.
Information on the Mint’s website shows total sales for the Kisatchie bullion coins at 42,000 pieces. Significantly, this is the highest sales total for an individual design of the series since 2011. For all bullion issues from 2012 to the first release for 2015, sales had ranged from 20,000 to 35,000 pieces per release.
Based on information provided by the US Mint, the number of Kisatchie bullion coins will also have an impact on the maximum number of Kisatchie five ounce silver numismatic coins to be issued. At the release of the collectible uncirculated version, the US Mint indicated an overall authorized limit of 65,000 pieces across both bullion and numismatic versions. After the sale of 42,000 bullion coins, this will leave 23,000 numismatic coins to be issued.
Lastly, the Mint has indicated an expected on-sale date for the Blue Ridge Parkway Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins on June 22, 2015. The numismatic version shows a tentative release date of July 2015.