Yosemite National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

by Coin Collecting News on June 7, 2011

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the collector Yosemite National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on Thursday, June 9, at noon Eastern Time.

Yosemite National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

Yosemite National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

Initially, there will be a one coin per household limit for the first week of sales. Like the previous two coins in the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin series, the Yosemite silver coin was struck in 2010 and the mintage has been set to only 27,000.

If sales go anything like they did for the Hot Springs and Yellowstone silver coins, high-volume is expected both on the Mint’s website and by phone during the first several hours of availability.

Although the face value, found on the coin’s obverse, is a quarter dollar, the opening price of the three-inch diameter .9999 fine silver coins is much higher. In the US Mint’s official announcement, each coin will cost $279.95, and it should be noted that the price is subject to change.

The coin’s reverse depicts the iconic El Capitan, the largest monolith of granite in the world. Inscriptions include YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

There is already a bullion version on the market, but the new uncirculated issue comes with some extras for collectors — the uncirculated finish, lower mintage, and the "P" mint mark on its obverse. It is also packaged in a hard case accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

For reference, the United States Mint press release about the Yosemite National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin follows.

United States Mint Releases 2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ – Yosemite National Park on June 9

WASHINGTON – Collectors may begin placing their orders for the 2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin — Yosemite National Park on June 9, at noon Eastern Time (ET). Orders will be limited to one coin per household for the first week of sales. At the end of one week, the United States Mint will re-evaluate this limit and either extend, adjust or remove it.

The 2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Yosemite National Park is currently priced at $279.95. As with all products sold by the United States Mint containing precious metals, pricing is subject to change.

Coins in the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Program are collector versions of those issued through the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion CoinTM Program. The five-ounce, three-inch uncirculated and bullion coins bear the same designs that appear on each corresponding circulating quarter-dollar coin issued through the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

The coin is struck in .999 fine silver and bears the "P" mint mark, indicating production at the United States Mint at Philadelphia. To protect its uncirculated finish, each coin is enclosed in a capsule and protective outer box, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Orders for the 2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Yosemite National Park will be accepted at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or 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.

The maximum mintage for each of the five 2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins is 27,000 units. Coins honoring Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) and Mount Hood National Forest (Oregon) will be issued later this year.

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 June 9, 2011, 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.

About United States Mint

The United States Mint (http://www.usmint.gov), 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.

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