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24 Nov 2021

Collecting The Five-Ounce Silver Quarters: Pounds Of Fun

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

Hello fellow YNs and YNH!

Bullion value has driven collector coin value for centuries. Wether silver, gold, platinum, or palladium, spot prices are here to stay, and are driving factors in pricing our numismatic items. While the spot price will not always change the value in certain coins, there is definitely a market shift when the s-PT goes up or down. Today, I'll be discussing the biggest US bullion coin you can purchase on the market. And trust me, I'm going to make a colossal (pun intended) blog about them. Get reading!

The start of the America The Beautiful quarter series was a turning point in US numismatics. It turned millions of ordinary people into coin collectors, and that's IF they hadn't started with the State series in 1999. Over 60,000 Americans hopped on the numismatic train, and joined in on the fun. But for some longtime collectors, the quarters weren't valuable enough to spend time collecting. And for us roll searchers, we've found most, if not all, of them already. So the collectors before the series was released needed more of a challenge.

Silver is a mainstay in numismatics. It retains it's value dispute inflation changes, it was the money of the past, and will continue to be collected long into the future. And five ounces of silver in one coin is something nobody can resist. When the first five-ounce coin was released, collectors went crazy. The Hot Springs, NC coin was released first, and with a mintage of 27,000. As we collectors love low mintages, this coin was a must-have. After the first nine hours after the release, over 19,000 quarters were sold.

There are two variants within the series. The first is an uncirculated coin, that is missing a mintmark where it would normally be on the clad circulation quarters we have in change today. There was also Matte Finish coins minted. The former was sold for lower prices and was made for investors in the silver market, while the later was made for the numismatic community, and was sold for higher prices than the uncirculated specimens.

So, how could you go about "completing" the set? As in everything completion is in the eye of the beholder, so if you collect your other sets in a way I do not mention in this blog, then by all means, do it your way. These are just a few suggestions. The first, and most obvious way, is to collect one of every design in the finish of your choice (either uncirculated, or matte). This would consist of 500 ounces of silver (not counting the 2021 Tuskegee Airman Quarter) in a finished collection, and all the coins combined would weigh about 40 pounds. For those who are a little more budget minded, or don't want a 40 pound collection, you could collect one coin from each year. This would most likely consist of your favorite design from each year, and would consist of 50 ounces of Troy silver.

Keep collecting,


P.S. Just updated my silver dollar collection. There’s three new coins. Go check it out!



Level 5

These are real cool quarters! Thanks for the information!


Level 6

Just thinking, does a collector need these coins for a complete set of Washington Quarters. Food for thought


Level 5

I guess technically, yes. As I said before, though, completion in in the eye of the beholder. Thanks for commenting.

One time I got a massive quarter too, but was a souvenir.


Level 6

I love the 5 oz. coin! There a few in my collection... They really have some weight to them... haha ; )


Level 5


AC coin$

Level 6

Great lesson on collecting . I also like ATB series, liked your images .


Level 5

I went and checked the price of these bullion coins at the mint. No way was I going to spend that kind of money. I checked around at a few stores and found the same thing. I’m sticking with my clad uncirculated set complete with a collectors roll. Thanks for sharing! Nice coin!


Level 5

No problem!


Level 6

At least the mint forgot to make a kilo coin. Thanks.


Level 7

The America the beautiful set was made in clad. P&D plus a silver proof. The gimmick was the five once collection. My son collected the whole silver proof deep cameo set. There beautiful. He said I can always buy the P& D clad. They all came in different lenses. So my son has the whole.collection in silver proof . Not five ounces what ever they weighed. The second year I collected the five coins five ounces. Then they cost over two hundred dollars. That was the last year I bought the five ounce coins. His quarters are all graded Proof Silver Deep Cameo . Proof 69.. Getting a whole set in Proof 70 was imposible. They go for about 40.00 easy or five less. I can't remember. Thanks for the blog my friend . It truly did bring allot of people to the hobby.


Level 5

Forgot all about the 5 ounce. Will see how much there going for. Nice blog.

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