The 2014 Great Sand Dunes Silver Bullion Coins will be struck by the US Mint to honor Great Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado. This coin will be the fourth of five 2014-dated releases of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program which features reverse designs emblematic of selected sites of national interest from around the United States and its territories.
While tens of thousands of these silver bullion coins will be produced by the Mint, most in the public will probably only see the coin which it is based on – the Great Sand Dunes Quarter struck as part of the associated America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. In fact, both the quarters and these silver bullion coins were authorized by the same legislation – Public Law 110-456 (America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008).
However, whereas the quarter dollars are struck mainly for circulation, these bullion coins are produced from five ounces of .999 fine silver for investors. Each bullion coin will feature a diameter of three inches and be sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers who obtains the coins in bulk from the Mint, then resells them in smaller lots for a small premium above the current spot price of the silver within them.
A third series of coins will also be struck by the Mint containing the same design and will be known as the Great Sand Dunes Uncirculated Coin. As the name of the strike indicates, this coin features an uncirculated finish and is produced for collectors.
2014 Great Sand Dunes Silver Coin Values
A face value, melt value and numismatic value may be associated with each of these Great Sand Dunes Silver Bullion Coins when they are released. The lowest of these will be the face value which is only twenty-five cents based on the circulating quarter from which it takes its design.
The coins intrinsic melt value will be much higher as it is calculated using the five ounces of silver in each strike. As such, the melt value will be approximately equal to that amount of the precious metal on the open market.
Finally, some collectors may be interested in obtaining the coins which would give them a numismatic value. This value typically increases based on the rarity and condition of the coin.
Great Sand Dunes Silver Bullion Coin Information
The 2014 Great Sand Dunes Silver Bullion Coin will contain an obverse portrait of George Washington, the same portrait, in fact, that will be found on the obverse of all of the America the Beautiful related coins. It was originally designed by John Flanagan for the 1932 circulating quarter dollar.
Shown on the reverse of the coin will be design emblematic of Great Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado. The final design should be unveiled by the US Mint late in 2013 with design candidates appearing earlier that year.
Great Sand Dunes Silver Coin Specifications
|Composition:||999 Fine Silver|
|Minting Facility:||Philadelphia (no mintmark present)|
|Obverse Design:||George Washington Portrait|
|Obverse Designer:||John Flanagan|