It may be 2012 right now, but the United States Mint has released the collectible 2011 Chickasaw National Recreation Area Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin. The coin was made available on Thursday, February 9 at 12:00 PM (noon) ET.
The Chickasaw silver uncirculated coin is the tenth in the series. As the final 2011-dated product to launch in 2012, the long wait and the price of $204.95 may help boost initial sales.
Another factor that could help sales is a big change for the latest launch — there will be no household limits for the Chickasaw coin. The U.S. Mint stuck to a limit of five per household when it launched earlier coins in the series. So the only limit that remains is the mintage limit of 35,000.
This latest release comes packaged within a presentation case that includes a Certificate of Authenticity. The coin’s diameter is 3.0 inches, it weighs five ounces, and it is struck in .999 fine silver.
Its reverse design is a large duplicate of the circulating Chickasaw quarter, already on the market. It was designed by Donna Weaver and engraved by Jim Licaretz. The focal point is the park’s Lincoln Bridge, built of limestone and dedicated in 1909 to celebrate the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Inscriptions are CHICKASAW, OKLAHOMA, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
For reference, the United States Mint press release about the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin follows.
2011 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Chickasaw National Recreation Area Available February 9
WASHINGTON – The United States Mint today announced the release of the 2011 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Chickasaw National Recreation Area (Oklahoma) at noon Eastern Time (ET) on February 9. The bureau is offering the coin at the new reduced price of $204.95. As with all products sold by the United States Mint containing precious metals, pricing is subject to change. The maximum mintage for this coin has been set at 35,000 units. There will be no household limit in effect for the product.
The America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are collector versions of those issued through the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program. The three-inch uncirculated coins feature the same designs that appear on the bullion coins and the corresponding circulating quarters issued through the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
The America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are struck in .999 fine silver and display the “P” mint mark indicating production at the United States Mint at Philadelphia. To protect the uncirculated finish, each coin is enclosed in a capsule and an attractive presentation case. A Certificate of Authenticity is included with each coin.
The United States Mint will accept orders at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT (6468). A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders.
Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, orders placed prior to the official on-sale date and time of February 9, 2012, noon ET shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored. For more information, please review the United States Mint’s Frequently Asked Questions, Answer ID #175.
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The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.