The America The Beautiful quarter series from the US Mint produces circulating quarters that commemorate the National Parks, Monuments, and Recreation Areas of the country.  Each design depicts a property from a different state or territory.  There are a total of 56 designs (five each year, plus 1 final coin), and the series is scheduled to run from 2010 through 2021.

The program includes the production of “America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins,” large replicas of the quarters minted from five ounces of silver.  The large five-ounce silver coins replicate the quarters’ obverse and reverse exactly.  So these bullion pieces have a face value of 25 cents, and they reveal design detail that is often overlooked in the smaller versions.

The silver bullion coins are produced in two varieties.  The “Investor” version has a proof-like finish.  It is distributed through the mint’s bullion distributors.  Usually these items were purchased at a small premium over their silver content.  They were even available in “monster boxes” of 100 coins.  The “Collector” version added a P mintmark to the coin and a satin finish.  This version was purchased directly from the mint individually in 4-inch square black boxes with a Certificate of Authenticity.  These items were sold at a premium – often $50-$60 over their silver value.

Investor Version Mintage Issue Price* Collector Version Mintage Issue Price
2010
Hot Springs NP1 33,000 27,000  $279.95
Yellowstone NP2 33,000 27,000  $279.95
Yosemite NP3 33,000 27,000  $279.95
Grand Canyon NP4 33,000 26,019  $279.95
Mount Hood NP5 33,000 26,928  $279.95
2011
Gettysburg NP6 126,700 24,572  $279.95 to $204.95
Glacier NP7 126,700 20,856  $279.95 to $204.95
Olympic NP8 104,900 18,398  $279.95 to $204.95
Vicksburg NP9 58,100 18,594  $279.95 to $204.95
Chickasaw NP10 48,700 16,827  $279.95 to $204.95
2012
El Yunque NQ0 24,000 17,314  $229.95
Chaco Culture NQ1 24,400 17,146  $229.95
Acadia NQ2 25,400 14,978  $229.95
Hawaii Volcanoes NQ3 20,000 14,863  $229.95
Denali NQ4 20,000 14,552  $229.95
2013
White Mountain NQ5 35,000 $119.50 $154.95
Perry’s Victory NQ6 30,000 $119.50 $154.95
Great Basin NQ7 30,000 $119.50 $154.95
Fort McHenry NQ8 30,000 $119.50 $154.95
Mount Rushmore NQ9 35,000 $119.50 $154.95
2014
Great Smokey Mountains NR1 $120  25,000 $154.95
Shenandoah NR2 $120  30,000 $154.95
Arches NR3 $120  30,000 $154.95
Great Sand Dunes NR4 $120 $154.95
Everglades NR5 $120 $154.95

*Issue prices of the bullion versions are set by distributors (under some restrictions) are are listed as a general indication.