Yesterday, February 17, 2015, the United States Mint began accepting orders from authorized purchasers for the 2015 Homestead National Monument of America 5 oz Silver Bullion Coins. This represented the first bullion release of the series for the year.
The America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin series features the designs of the America the Beautiful Quarters struck in 5 troy ounces of .999 fine silver with a diameter of 3 inches. The bullion coins feature a brilliant finish and do not carry a mint mark. These are distributed through a network of authorized purchasers based on the market price of silver plus a fixed mark up.
As a bullion series, the ATB coins are quite distinctive. They represent the only US Mint bullion program which features rotating designs and the only program with coins carrying a bullion weight greater than one ounce. Despite these unique aspects, the series remains very much under the radar.
While the American Silver Eagle bullion coins sell millions of coins per month, the ATB Silver Bullion coins have miniscule sales figures by comparison. Another unusual aspect of the ATB bullion series is that in some cases the bullion versions have lower mintages compared to the numismatic versions. The latter is a new development, which I noticed when reviewing the final mintages for the 2014-dated issues of the series, which the US Mint has confirmed are sold out.
The table below includes the final mintages for each release of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin series.
|America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver Bullion Coin Mintages
|2010 Hot Springs||33,000|
|2010 Grand Canyon||33,000|
|2010 Mount Hood||33,000|
|2012 El Yunque||24,000|
|2012 Chaco Culture||24,400|
|2012 Hawaii Volcanoes||20,000|
|2013 White Mountain||35,000|
|2013 Perry’s Victory||30,000|
|2013 Great Basin||30,000|
|2013 Fort McHenry||30,000|
|2013 Mount Rushmore||35,000|
|2014 Great Smoky||33,000|
|2014 Great Sand Dunes||22,000|