2014 ATB 5 Ounce Silver Coins, Release Dates and Designs
This week the United States Mint published new release dates for collector product launches in April, May and June and included exact availability dates for three of the five 2014 America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins. The U.S. Mint also provided the release date for the first bullion version, which is this Monday, March 17, 2014.
2014 is the fifth year of issue for the series of three-inch, five-ounce America the Beautiful Silver Coins struck in bullion and collector versions. The silver coins this year will honor five national parks. Park names, site locations and the release dates for the collector versions include:
Site Names & Release Dates
|Great Smoky Mountains National Park (TN)||April 7, 2014|
|Shenandoah National Park (VA)||May 15, 2014|
|Arches National Park (UT)||June 12, 2014|
|Great Sand Dunes National Park (CO)||August 2014|
|Everglades National Park (FL)||November 2014|
Bullion and collector versions bear identical designs, which are also common to the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters. The difference between the two types of silver coins is their finish and mint marks. Five-ounce silver bullion coins have no mint mark whereas collector five ounce silver uncirculated coins have a "P" mint mark for the Philadelphia Mint. Both series of silver coins are struck at the Philadelphia Mint by the same coining press. Also, collector coins are sold directly by the U.S. Mint to the public while bullion coins are sold through the Mint’s network of distributors.
Pricing for the collector silver coins is $154.95 and will not change unless silver prices fluctuate significantly. Pricing of the bullion silver coins, which may be ordered from precious metal and coin dealers, changes constantly depending on the market value of silver.
2014 America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Coin Designs
To follow are images of the five America the Beautiful coin designs as well designer information. The U.S. Mint is yet to offer images of the bullion or uncirculated five-ounce silver coins so images of the quarters are shown instead. The only difference between the quarters and the silver coins, other than size and mint marks, is that quarters have reeded edges whereas the silver coins have flat edges with letterings of .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.
All America the Beautiful coins bear an obverse with a portrait of George Washington.
2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park 5 Ounce Silver Coin
Found on the reverse of the Great Smoky Mountain coin is a depiction of a historic log cabin found within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It features a segment of the lush green forest and hawk circling above. Inscriptions are GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, TENNESSEE, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Designer: Chris Costello
Engraver: Renata Gordon
2014 Shenandoah National Park 5 Ounce Silver Coin
Found on the Shenandoah National Park coin is a depiction of a a day hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit. Inscriptions are SHENANDOAH, VIRGINIA,2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Designer: Phebe Hemphill
Engraver: Phebe Hemphill
2014 Arches National Park 5 Ounce Silver Coin
Found on the Arches National Park coin is a depiction of Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural arch. The La Sal Mountains are visible in the background. Inscriptions are ARCHES, UTAH, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Designer: Donna Weaver
Engraver: Charles L. Vickers
2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park 5 Ounce Silver Coin
Found on the Sand Dunes National Park coin is a depiction of a father and son playing in the sand next to the creek bed. The distinctive mountains and sand dunes are featured in the background. Inscriptions are GREAT SAND DUNES, COLORADO, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Designer: Don Everhart
Engraver: Don Everhart
2014 Everglades National Park 5 Ounce Silver Coin
Found on the Sand Dunes National Park coin is a depiction of an anhinga with outstretched wings on a willow tree with a roseate spoonbill visible in the mid-ground. Inscriptions are EVERGLADES, FLORIDA, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Designer: Joel Iskowitz
Engraver: Joseph Menna