Sales of the Uncirculated 2012-P El Yunque National Forest 5-ounce
.999 fine silver quarter dollar by the U.S. Mint were scheduled to
begin at noon Eastern Daylight Time May 29.
According to a U.S. Mint notice dated May 18 but not posted on the
Federal Register until May 23, the starting price of each coin will be
$204.95. The price of the 5-ounce coins may fluctuate weekly depending
on the London PM fix in the spot price of silver.
The coin pricing is based on a pricing grid for precious metals
numismatic products posted on the U.S. Mint website at www.usmint.gov.
The maximum authorization for the coins is 25,000, with no
household ordering restrictions. The previous household ordering limit
of one per household during the first week of sales was lifted with
the release of the 2011-P Chickasaw National Recreation Area 5-ounce
Although both the Uncirculated and bullion versions of the 5-ounce
silver America the Beautiful coins are struck at the Philadelphia
Mint, only the Uncirculated coins bear the P Mint mark on the common
George Washington obverse.
The 2012-P El Yunque National Forest 5-ounce silver coin
(Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) may be ordered by calling 800-872-6468,
or visiting the U.S. Mint website at www.usmint.gov.
Release of the 5-ounce bullion version to authorized purchasers is
expected soon. The Mint imposes no maximum mintages on the bullion
versions, which are struck to demand, according to U.S. Mint spokesman
Public Law 110-456, America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter
Dollar Coin Act of 2008, which authorizes the production of
copper-nickel clad America the Beautiful quarter dollars for
circulation, includes a provision for the production of 5-ounce silver versions.
The 5-ounce bullion versions are sold through the same network of
authorized purchasers approved to buy and distribute for resale into
the secondary market the U.S. Mint’s other bullion coins — American
Buffalo gold coins and American Eagle gold and silver bullion coins.
The bullion version of the 5-ounce coin is produced for investors,
while the Uncirculated version is aimed at collectors.
The Uncirculated 5-ounce coins are struck on the same silver
blanks as the bullion version. The Uncirculated coins, however,
receive a post-strike treatment resulting in a different finish.
The America the Beautiful coin program authorizes coins bearing
reverse designs representing 56 national parks and historic sites in
the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.
2011 coins still available
The U.S. Mint is still offering the Uncirculated 2011-P 5-ounce
As of May 21, the U.S. Mint has recorded the following sales of
the 2011-P coins, each of which has an authorization of 27,000 coins:
➤ Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania), 21,656.
➤ Glacier National Park (Montana), 18,227.
➤ Olympic National Park (Washington), 15,889.
➤ Vicksburg National Military Park (Mississippi), 15,888.
➤ Chickasaw National Recreation Area (Oklahoma), 14,070. ■