Collectors will be able to place orders beginning at noon Eastern
Time Feb. 25 with the U.S. Mint for the Uncirculated 2016-P Shawnee
National Forest 5-ounce silver quarter dollar.
The issue is limited to a maximum release of 30,000 coins.The
initial price for the coin is $149.95, but is subject to change weekly
according to the U.S. Mint's pricing for numismatic coins containing
The coins are each 3 inches in diameter and contain 5 troy ounces of
.999 fine silver.
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Unlike the bullion version, which is also struck at the Philadelphia
Mint, the Uncirculated coin bears the P Mint mark and is subjected to
a post-strike finish process resulting in special surface characteristics.
The finish applied post-strike is similar to the surface finish used
for 3-inch bronze Mint medals.
The “vapor blasting” finish is applied over the entire surface of
both the obverse and reverse.
“The machine uses a water vapor and ceramic media mix,” according to
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White. “It is similar to sand blasting,
but instead of using dry compressed air [propelled at high speed], it
uses a compressed wet vapor. The finish is applied to the coin
after striking and not to the die. This will provide a consistent