On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, the United States Mint released the collectible 2012-P El Yunque National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin.
The El Yunque silver uncirculated coin is the first for this year and the eleventh released in the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin program. Collectors may order the coins directly from the U.S. Mint by paying $204.95, which is the same price as other available coins within the program.
Each El Yunque silver coin is composed of .999 fine silver to a weight of five ounces and a diameter of three inches. These coins are struck at the Philadelphia Mint and carry a "P" mint mark. The obverse and reverse designs are otherwise identical to the smaller El Yunque National Forest quarter which was released earlier this year.
Specifically, the obverse shows the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan which was restored to "bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model." Obverse inscriptions read ‘United States of America’, ‘Liberty’, ‘Quarter Dollar’, and ‘In God We Trust’, plus the ‘P’ mint mark.
The reverse, by Gary Whitley, depicts the national forest located in Puerto Rico with a Coqui tree frog on a leaf and a Puerto Rican parrot behind an epiphyte plant. Unique to the silver uncirculated coin are the inscriptions naming the forest, ‘El Yunque’, and the U.S. territory of ‘Puerto Rico’. Common reverse inscriptions include the year and ‘E Pluribus Unum’.
Mintages for this year’s silver coins have been reduced to 25,000 as compared to the 35,000 maximums for last year’s coins and the sold out 27,000 levels for the inaugural year 2010-dated coins.
The U.S. Mint will accept orders for the 2012-P El Yunque Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Each will come enclosed in a plastic capsule and an attractive presentation case. A Certificate of Authenticity is also included.
Upcoming 2012 America the Beautiful Silver Coins include those honoring Chaco Culture National Historical Park of New Mexico, Acadia National Park of Maine, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park of Hawaii and Denali National Park of Alaska.