The 2011 Glacier National Park Silver Uncirculated Coins are the second of five 2011 strikes in the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin series. The reverse of the silver uncirculated coins features a design showcasing Glacier National Park found in the state of Montana. The US Mint indicates a release date of October 25, 2011 for these silver uncirculated coins which are each struck to uncirculated quality from five ounces of .999 fine silver.
The uncirculated coins are produced as collector companions to the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program. Coins in both programs are minted from five ounces of .999 fine silver and feature reverse designs emblematic of selected sites of national interest from around the United States. For more information on the related bullion version, see the Glacier Silver Bullion Coin.
Both series are also similar to a third from the US Mint, the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. In fact, it is this circulating quarter dollar program that dictates the designs found on the massive five ounce coins. Accordingly, all three feature an image of George Washington on their obverse just like has been on the quarter dollar since 1932. All three also have a face value of $.25 and contain the inscriptions of QUARTER DOLLAR.
Differentiating the silver coins from their circulating quarter dollar counterparts are their size (the silver coins have a diameter of three inches) and of course their content. The quarter dollars have a clad composition whereas the silver coins are struck from five ounces of the precious metal.
2011 Glacier Silver Coin Values
Glacier Silver Uncirculated Coins have three very different value amounts. First, each has a face value guaranteed by the United States Government of $.25. That is because each is considered legal tender of the country and could be used for everyday commerce transactions.
Second, the coins have an intrinsic melt value approximately equal to the current market price of five ounces of silver. Consequently, even if collectors would not be interested in the coin for some reason, it would always be worth the amount of silver contained within it.
Third, as a collector grade coin struck to a relatively low mintage, the coin will always have numismatic value. This value is what the coin is worth to other collectors based on its condition and rarity. As such, finer examples would typically be worth more than poorer quality specimens. Additionally, those coins slabbed and graded highly by an independent third party grading service would realize the best numismatic values.
Glacier Silver Uncirculated Coin Information
These silver uncirculated coins feature a reverse design emblematic of Glacier National Park found in the state of Montana. Glacier was officially established on May 11, 1910.
The most recent sales for the coins of this series may be found on the silver coins sales figures page. This page will also offer melt value data based on recent market prices.
All of the coins of this series are initially sold directly to the public for a sizable premium over and above the melt value of the strikes. This differs greatly from the associated bullion coins which are sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for much smaller premiums.
John Flanagan designed the image of George Washington that is showcased on the obverse of the coins. It is the same portrait that has been used on the quarter dollar since 1932 and will be featured on all three America the Beautiful series — the quarter dollars, the silver bullion coins and these silver uncirculated coins.
Their reverse of these Glacier Coins contain an image of a mountain goat as it is traversing the rugged landscape of the region. In the distance, the northeastern slope of Mount Reynolds is shown. This design was completed by designed by AIP Associate Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
|Composition:||999 Fine Silver|
|Minting Facility:||Philadelphia (P)|
|Obverse Design:||Portrait of George Washington|
|Obverse Designer:||John Flanagan|
|Reverse Design:||Mountain Goat with Mount Reynolds in the background|
|Reverse Designer:||Barbara Fox / Charles Vickers|