The newest coin collecting product from the United States Mint is the 2012-P Chaco Culture National Historical Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin.
Placed on sale today, July 9, the uncirculated coin may be purchased directly from the United States Mint at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog for $204.95. This is the same price as six previous issues that remain available. There are no household order limits in place.
This latest (12th) America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin features an image on its reverse of New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Designed by Donna Weaver, the scene depicts a view to the west of two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex, the north wall of the Chetro Ketl and the north wall of the canyon.
The image is identical to that found on the earlier released circulating Chaco Culture quarter — down to the ‘Quarter Dollar’ face value. Of course, containing five ounces of 99.9% fine silver, the coin has a melt value alone that is much higher and near $136 today at the current $27.19 an ounce spot price of silver. As a numismatic product struck to an uncirculated quality, it commands a higher premium than its melt value, as highlighted by the Mint’s price.
Produced at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia, the coin carries a visible ‘P’ mint mark that is located on the obverse to the right of George Washington’s portrait. It also has an incused edge bearing the words ‘.999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE’ — unlike quarters that have have a reeded edge.
Mintages for each uncirculated 2012 ATB Silver Coins is 25,000.
Released in late May was the first 2012-dated issue honoring El Yunque National Forest. Three more will debut this later this year. These include the Acadia National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on August 13, 2012, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on September 24, 2012, and the Denali National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on November 5, 2012.