The 2014 Arches Silver Bullion Coins will be struck by the US Mint from five ounces of .999 fine silver to honor Arches National Park of Utah with a reverse design emblematic of the location. This strike will be the third of five 2014-dated releases of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program.
Designs on the coin will be extremely similar to those of the Arches America the Beautiful Quarter, which is no accident. Both these silver bullion coins and the associated America the Beautiful Quarters® Program were authorized by the same piece of legislation – Public Law 110-456 (America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008). However, where the quarters are struck mainly for circulation, these silver bullion coins are produced by the US Mint for investors.
Accordingly, when the silver bullion coins are first issued, they will not be sold directly to the public by the US Mint. Instead they will be sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers which obtains the coins in bulk, then resells them in smaller quantities to coin dealers and the public for a small premium above the current spot price of the precious metal contained within them.
That does not mean that collectors will not be interested in obtaining the coins, however, the Mint will also be striking the Arches Silver Uncirculated Coin which will be produced by the Mint for collectors.
2014 Arches Silver Coin Values
When released, the 2014 Arches Silver Bullion Coins will only have a face value of twenty-five cents. That is because they take their designs from the associated quarters, as previously mentioned.
However, the coins will be sold for, and be worth, much more because each will be struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver. This gives each coin an intrinsic melt value approximately equal to that amount of silver on the open market.
Finally, some collectors may also be interested in the coins, especially if they are perceived to be rare or if a specific coin is in near perfect condition. Those two attributes would likely garner a significant premium for such a strike and is termed the coin’s numismatic value.
Arches Silver Bullion Coin Information
Each 2014 Arches Silver Bullion Coin will contain a portrait of George Washington on the obverse, just like all of the other America the Beautiful related coins. In fact, the portrait was originally designed by John Flanagan for the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and has been seen in one form or another on the quarter ever since.
The reverse of the Arches Coin will feature a design emblematic of Arches National Park of Utah. Final design information for the coin should be known by late 2013, however, design candidates for the strike should be released by the Mint much earlier that year.
Arches Silver Coin Specifications
|Composition:||999 Fine Silver|
|Minting Facility:||Philadelphia (no mintmark present)|
|Obverse Design:||George Washington Portrait|
|Obverse Designer:||John Flanagan|