Coming Monday, August 13, is the United States Mint’s release of the collector version 2012-P Acadia National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin at noon Eastern Time (ET) for $204.95.
The large, three-inch diameter uncirculated coin features a lighthouse and honors the coastal park in Maine.
It is the third of five silver coins issued this year and represents number 13 out of 56 in the multi-year America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin series.
When the U.S. Mint makes the Acadia coin available, orders may be placed directly, either online at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no household ordering limits.
2012-P Acadia Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Designs
Designs on the Acadia five ouncer are similar to the quarters that entered circulation on June 11. The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is showcased on the coin’s reverse. Maine’s rocky coastline below and pine trees beside the tower are also included in the artwork. The scene was drawn by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Inscriptions surrounding the image include ACADIA, MAINE, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The obverse features George Washington’s portrait by John Flanagan, which is the same on all the coins related to the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Obverse inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, and QUARTER DOLLAR. The uncirculated coin’s mint mark, the letter "P" to show production at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia, is next to Washington and below IN GOD WE TRUST.
Instead of reeded edges like the quarters, these five ounce silver coins have special edge incused lettering stating their fineness and weight, .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.
Making this latest lighthouse coin special is its collector features. The "P" mint mark clearly distinguishes the uncirculated strike from the recently released bullion version, and the uncirculated coin ships in a clear protective coin holder within a black presentation case, complete with the U.S. Mint logo and a Certificate of Authenticity. The 2012-P Acadia Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin has also been limited to 25,000 units.
Anticipation seems higher than it was for the prior issue in the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Coin series since the U.S. Mint’s Authorized Purchasers have already scooped up 11,000 of the silver bullion version that hit the market at the end of July. As a comparison, only 7,800 of the Chaco Culture bullion coin have been bought, and they launched in June.
Previous five ounce .999 fine silver uncirculated coin releases this year represented El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico and Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Future releases will honor Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.