Earlier Monday, June 9, Arches National Park Quarters began their journey into circulation and the United States Mint started selling them in rolls and bags.
Also on Monday, the U.S. Mint began selling investor Arches National Park Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins through its network of dealers. And then on Thursday, June 12, the U.S. Mint will offer its collector Arches National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins directly to the public.
Both silver coins share the same specifications with the main ones being their five ounces of 99.9% fine silver struck to a three-inch diameter size. They also have the same designs as the much smaller Arches National Park Quarters.
Collector Arches National Park uncirculated silver coins will be available on the 12th from the United States Mint website (www.mint.ca) for $154.95. They have a matte finish and a “P” mint mark that is mindful of their production at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. The mintage for this coin is 30,000, which is most that the U.S. Mint will make.
Bullion Arches National Park silver coins have a brilliant finish, no mint marks and are intended for investors — although collectors will buy them as well. These coins can be ordered from coin and precious metal dealers for a few dollars per ounce over silver spot. U.S. Mint sales for the coins today, June 9, opened at 5,500. Bullion coins do not have a stated mintage since they are produced to meet demand.
These two coins are the third release this year within their respective programs of America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins. The first one features designs emblematic of Great Smoky Mountains National Park while the second is emblematic of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Forthcoming five ounce coins for 2014, and quarters for that matter, commemorate Great Sands Dunes National Park and Everglades National Park.
Seen on Arches Shenandoah National Park Quarters and silver coins is Donna Weaver’s depiction of the national park’s famed Delicate Arch. The scene was sculpted by Charles L. Vickers. Around the design are inscriptions of ARCHES, UTAH, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
National Park Quarters have a reeded edge while these silver coins have a flat edge with letterings of .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.