Now listed on the schedule with a release date of April 28, 2011 is “2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins – Hot Springs National Park”.
Collectors have been eagerly awaiting any details on the low mintage numismatic versions of the 5 ounce silver coins since the original announcement in December 2010. At the time, the US Mint indicated that all of the coins would be struck in 2010, but would not be available for sale until the first quarter of 2011. (The first quarter ended last week on Thursday.)
Since only the Hot Springs coin has been scheduled, it seems that the US Mint will be releasing the coins one at a time.
The US Mint has not yet provided any indication of the pricing for the coins, but it likely won’t be anywhere close to the near spot prices that were recently charged by some of the authorized purchasers for the bullion versions of the coins.
There has also been no indication of the ordering limits that the US Mint will impose, but I have the feeling it will be just one per household. Ironically, this would be a stricter limit than imposed for the bullion versions available through the authorized purchasers. Since the limit of one per household for the bullion coins was imposed by each of the nine AP’s, collectors could have ordered one set from each AP and stayed within the rules.
On Coin Update, I previously summarized the known information about the numismatic offering. Each of the 2010 releases has a mintage of 27,000. The coins will include the “P” mint mark and carry a special uncirculated finish created through a vapor blasting technique. In terms of packaging, the coins are encapsulated in plastic, accompanied by a presentation case and Certificate of Authenticity.