America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver Coins - The much anticipated United States of America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program is here! Start your collection off right with the very first set of the series, Hot Springs National Park, Mount Hood National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Yosemite National Park. The obverse of these 5 oz Silver bullion coins is nearly an exact replica of each quarter-dollar that has been released in the mint's America the Beautiful circulating quarters program!
This is one of the most-talked-about United States Mint Bullion products ever released. The National Park System was established through legislation spearheaded by President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt also was responsible for the Antiquities Act, which enabled Roosevelt and his successors to proclaim historical sites or national landmarks. By the end of Roosevelt's term, he had proclaimed 18 national parks. This practice was continued by later presidents using the Antiquities Act until there were more than 100 national parks and monuments. Forty-nine of these remain today, while others have been retitled or reclassified. Theodore Roosevelt can now be seen as one of the four faces on Mount Rushmore because of his tireless efforts to create a national park system that would preserve America's most valuable treasures for future generations to see and admire.
These historic coins are being released in the following order:
2010 Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Yosemite National Park, California Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon
2011 Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania Glacier National Park, Montana Olympic National Park, Washington Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma
2012 El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico Acadia National Park, Maine Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Denali National Park, Alaska
2013 White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, Ohio Great Basin National Park, Nevada Fort McHenry National Monument and Historical Shrine, Maryland Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota
2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee Shenandoah National Park, Virginia Arches National Park, Utah Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado Everglades National Park, Florida
2015 Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware Saratoga National Historical Park, New York
2016 Shawnee National Forest, Illinois Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument), South Carolina
2017 Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, District of Columbia Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri Ellis Island National Monument (Statue of Liberty), New Jersey George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, Indiana
2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, Rhode Island
2019 Lowell National Historical Park, Massachusetts American Memorial Park, Northern Mariana Islands War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho
2020 National Park of American Samoa, American Samoa Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, U.S. Virgin Islands Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas
2021 Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama