Yellowstone Silver Uncirculated Coins

The 2010 Yellowstone National Park Silver Uncirculated Coins honor the nation’s first national park which is located mostly in the state of Wyoming.

Yellowstone Silver Coin

Yellowstone Silver Uncirculated Coin

These silver uncirculated coins are collector versions of those from the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program. For more information on those, see the Yellowstone bullion coins.

The United States Mint produces each America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin from five ounces of .999 fine silver just like the bullion coins. However, these numismatic pieces feature an uncirculated finish and contain the ‘P’ mintmark indicating they were struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia. The bullion series were also struck in Philadelphia but contain no mintmark.

Five uncirculated coins in this series will be struck annually by the United States Mint. However, the US Mint experienced difficulties in producing the inaugural year issues (of which this coin is a part of). As such, the Yellowstone Silver Uncirculated Coins was not issued until the following year of 2011.

That highly anticipated release came on May 17, 2011. Like the previous strike of the series (the Hot Springs Silver Coin), demand was initially intense for this strike even at the relatively high price of $279.95 per coin. Over two-thirds of the available mintage of only 27,000 was ordered from the US Mint in the first day. It took approximately sixteen days for the entire inventory to be depleted.

Each of these strikes contain obverse and reverse designs similar to the other America the Beautiful Coins (the bullion and the circulating quarter dollar).

Values for 2010 Yellowstone Silver Uncirculated Coins

As the uncirculated coins are numismatic pieces, their true value is to other collectors. This is known as numismatic value and generally increases based on the condition and rarity of a coin. With a relatively low mintage of only 27,000 set aside for the 2010 issues, the value should escalate significantly as additional strikes in the series are released leading many to see these inaugural year coins as key strikes of the series.

Uncirculated coins that have been slabbed and graded by an independent third party grading service will attain even higher numismatic values. This is especially true for those strikes approaching mint state.

Even if they were to fail in retaining numismatic value, they will always have their intrinsic melt value. That is because is each of the uncirculated coins are composed of the aforementioned five ounces of silver. Consequently, they will always have a melt value that is approximately equal to the current market price of five ounces of the precious metal.


Yellowstone Silver Coin Information

Yellowstone National Park, located mostly in Wyoming, is featured on reverses of the uncirculated coins. This park has the unique distinction of being the first national park, not only in the United States, but also the world.

When initially available, the silver coins were sold directly to the public by the United States Mint. This is in contrast to the bullion versions which are sold through the US Mint’s network of authorized purchasers. It should be noted, however, that the Yellowstone uncirculated coins saw a much higher premium when first released than the bullion versions.

As previously mentioned, the limited mintage of only 27,000 should positively affect the value of these strikes which is likely a reason for the quick sell-out of the piece. (For information on current coin sales, see silver coins sales figures.)

George Washington, the first President of the United States, is featured on the obverse of all of the America the Beautiful Coins. This includes the uncirculated coins, the bullion coins, and the circulating America the Beautiful Quarter dollars. In fact, it is the same portrait of Washington that was first seen on the quarter in 1932 and was designed by John Flanagan.

Two bison flanking perhaps Yellowstone’s most famous icon, Old Faithful Geyser, is shown on the reverse of these coins. It was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart

Silver Coin Specifications

Face Value: $.25
Composition: 999 Fine Silver
Mintage Cap: 27,000 Maximum
Diameter: 3.0 Inches
Weight 5.0 Ounces
Edge: Incused Lettering
Minting Facility: Philadelphia (P)
Obverse Design: Portrait of George Washington
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Design: Image of Old Faithful Geyser and Two Bison
Reverse Designer: Don Everhart



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