The U.S. Mint is among the world's largest and most advanced government mints, and fittingly has a storied history of coin production. As one of the youngest major government mints, as well, the heyday for the mint falls squarely in the modern era. The array of coin designs produced during this period are considered many of the most iconic and patriotic works of art that have appeared on legal tender coins. They also had the advantage of being struck from 90% silver.
These silver coins—dimes, quarters, and half dollars—were produced in both proof and uncirculated varieties, and have become prized collectibles for American coin collectors. Many times these coins are certified and encapsulated by third-party grading services to preserve their condition and certify their state of wear. On the other end of the spectrum, worn examples of these coins are sold in bulk bags as "junk silver," 90% silver coins that are purchased purely for their precious metal value.
Additionally, collectors and silver stackers alike have grown increasingly interested in the America the Beautiful (ATB) series of quarters, the new program from the U.S. Mint to follow up the popular Statehood Quarters program that ran from 1999-2008. The ATB quarters celebrate the country's various National Parks and protected national sites, and come in 5-ounce varieties that are struck from .999 fine silver. Like the State Quarters, which were released in the order that each state was admitted to the Union, the National Parks will be honored in the order that they became recognized historic landmarks.
Check out the array of modern American coins available for purchase at Gainesville Coins. Whether you're looking for circulating silver coinage, old proof coins, or the commemorative quarter programs, you'll find it for low prices here at Gainesville Coins!