Yesterday, May 29, 2012, the United States Mint made available its 2012-P El Yunque National Forest 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin at a price of $204.95.
Throw out the differing sizes, finishes and metallic compositions and the uncirculated coin is a twin to the El Yunque National Forest quarter which was released into American circulation back in January — down to the obverse portrait of George Washington and the QUARTER DOLLAR inscription.
Both coins mark the eleventh issues from their respective America the Beautiful coins series which honors national parks and sites throughout the U.S. and its territories. El Yunque National Forest celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2003 and is located on the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico, one of five U.S. territories to be honored between 2010 and 2021.
Coin Designs and Specifications
As is the case with each of the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins™, the El Yunque issue features a 3.0 inch diameter, 5 ounce weight, and a composition of 99.9% fine silver. That makes its melt value alone equal to $138.60 at the current spot silver price of $27.72 an ounce.
El Yunque coins bear reverse designs that show an image of a Coqui tree frog sitting on a leaf and a Puerto Rican parrot behind an epiphyte plant with tropical flora in the background. Inscriptions include EL YUNQUE, PUERTO RICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Gary Whitley designed and Michael Gaudioso sculpted the reverse of the coin.
The obverse was designed by John Flanagan and it includes the additional inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST. There is also a “P” mint mark to denote its production at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia.
Each 5 troy ounce silver uncirculated coin also sports edge letterings of .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.
Current Sales, Mintages and Order Information
The 2012-P El Yunque National Forest 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin features a maximum mintage of 25,000, which is 10,000 less than each of the still for sale 2011 ATB 5 Ounce uncirculated coins. The 2010-dated coins sold out with mintages each of 27,000.)
For reference, U.S. Mint sales for the 2011-dated coins as of Tuesday are:
|Sales of America the Beautiful Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins|
|2011 Gettysburg National Military Park||21,656|
|2011 Glacier National Park||18,227|
|2011 Olympic National Park||15,889|
|2011 Vicksburg National Military Park||15,888|
|2011 Chickasaw National Recreation Area||14,070|
The latest or any of the 2011-dated collector coins may be purchased from the U.S. Mint online product page, located here, or via the toll-free phone number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no per household ordering limits.
Each coin arrives enclosed in a plastic capsule that is set within an attractive presentation case and accompanied by a U.S. Mint Certificate of Authenticity.
For the original report go to http://www.silvercoinstoday.com/2012-p-el-yunque-5-ounce-silver-uncirculated-coin-available/106637/