Super Size Eight Ounce Silver Park Quarters
congressional National Parks Quarter proposal
calls for a massive three-inch, eight ounce
silver collector coin.
An amazing size that would quite easily dwarf
current US bullion coinage — as a comparison,
the popular American Eagle silver coin is an
already large 1.598 inches with a single ounce
The House of Representatives introduced the
America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter
Dollar Coin Act, which proposes a minimum 11
year series of circulating quarter dollar coins
to feature one national park or site in each
state, the District of Columbia, and each U.S.
Territory starting in 2010. It would also
mandate silver coins for collectors.
The House-introduced legislation passed easily
on July 9, 2008. That bill, however, had
provisions only for a three-inch, five ounce
silver collector coin. "Only" is perhaps the
wrong word to use. A coin that size and issued
by the US Mint would be history making.
With the House passage, the ball was in the
Senate’s hands. In a supportive position for
minting national park quarters, a nearly
identical bill was introduced in the Senate with
the short title of S. 3214.
The Senate could move on the House version or S.
3214. Neither has happened, and that’s how we
get to the eight ounce silver coin.
What happened? Senators John Barrasso [R-WY],
Tim Johnson [D-SD] , and Mike Enzi [R-WY]
introduced an entirely new coin bill, S. 3290,
on July 21. This latest bill has only a few
changes from the already passed House version
and the older Senate version.
Most notable, and what leaps to the eyes are the
short clauses for each coin to:
have a diameter of 3.0 inches and weigh 8.0
contain .999 fine silver;
bear the inscriptions of the fineness and weight
of the bullion coin; and
bear an inscription of the denomination of such
coin, which shall be ‘quarter dollar’
While these super-sized coins would have a legal
tender inscription of "quarter dollar," their
bullion value at today’s London silver price of
$17.42 an ounce would be $139. Will collectors
go for such a large coin? It is difficult to
say. Much will likely depend on the final
There is never a guarantee any legislation will
pass both houses and get signed by the president
to become law. However, there seems to be an air
of likelihood for some national park measure to
eventually come out.
Without complete surprise, there are already
websites in the works containing park quarter
information. News of the eight inch silver coin
was first mentioned by the website, Park
Quarters. Another website dedicated to the
quarters is National Park Quarters.