|Coin||Silver Five Ounces 2010 Hot Springs, Arkansas|
This coin is part of the America the Beautiful silver bullion coins (abbreviated ATB) - a series of 56 silver bullion coins with a face value of a quarter dollar. The coins in the series contain 5oz (five troy ounces) of silver, making them the largest silver bullion coins issued to date by the United States Mint. The design of the coins duplicates exactly - though much enlarged - each of the America the Beautiful quarters. They were issued from 2010 to 2021.
All coins in the series feature a common obverse depicting George Washington in a restored version of the portrait created by John Flanagan for the 1932 Washington quarter, while the reverses feature five individual designs for each year of the program (one in 2021), each depicting a national park or national site - one from each state, federal district, and territory.
The Hot Springs National Park quarter is the first design of 2010 and the first overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program; it was released on 19 April 2010. Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, destination of the Dunbar-Hunter Expedition sent by President Thomas Jefferson in 1804, features prehistoric American Indian quarries. A bustling town grew up around the hot springs to provide health services. Hot Springs was first established as a national site on 20 April 1832 (4 Stat. 505), to conserve the water from the 47 springs that emerge from Hot Springs Mountain and to ensure that water was made available for drinking and therapy.
At its centre, the obverse of the coin shows the portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States (1789 - 1797), facing left. He has long hear, tied below the neck with a ribbon.
The designer's initials JF (for John Flanagan) are in relief on the neck truncation.
To the left of the portrait, the inscription LIBERTY. On three lines to the right, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.
Around above, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Around below, the value and denomination in words: QUARTER DOLLAR.
Ordinary "bullion" coins have no mint mark; those of the "uncirculated" variety have the Philadelphia Mint's P mint mark behind George Washington's neck.
The reverse design of the coin depicts the façade of the Hot Springs National Park headquarters building in Arkansas, with a thermal fountain in the foreground. The headquarters was built in the Spanish colonial revival style and completed in 1936. The National Park Service emblem is featured to the right of the door. The initials of the designer JFM (for Joseph Menna) are at the base of the fountain below right; the initials of the engraver DE (for Don Everhart) are below left.
Around above, the inscription HOT SPRINGS. Around below left, the name of the state, ARKANSAS.
The date of issue 2010 is below, followed by the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM ("Out of many, one" - signifying unity in diversity).
|Edge||Plain, incuse inscribed||Edge Inscription||.999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE
Mintage comprised of 33,000 bullion and 27,000 uncirculated coins.
Authorising Legislation: Public Law 110-456.
U.S. Mint Item Number: NP1.