2012-P El Yunque National Forest 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Released

by US Coins Today on May 29, 2012

in America the Beautiful Coins, Silver Coins

2012 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ – El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

The first of five 2012-dated America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coins™ has been released for sale to the public by the United States Mint. Beginning at Noon (Eastern) today, May 29, 2012, the 2012-P El Yunque National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin went on sale for $204.95, plus the US Mint's standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95 per order.

Shown on the reverse of the El Yunque ATB 5 Oz Silver Coin is a design emblematic of El Yunque National Forest located in the United States territory of Puerto Rico. It is the same design first featured on the related El Yunque Quarter Dollar released into circulation earlier this year.

The design depicts a Coqui tree frog and a Puerto Rican parrot amid the tropical flora of the region.  Inscriptions are EL YUNQUE, PUERTO RICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Gary Whitley and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.

The obverse shows a portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and QUARTER DOLLAR .

The El Yunque Silver Coin is also the eleventh to appear in the series overall which made its debut with five 2010-dated strikes. Coins of the series are struck as the numismatic versions of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™ which themselves feature designs first created for the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. However, whereas the quarters are typically struck from a clad composition and only have a diameter of 0.955 inches. the silver uncircualted coins and their bullion counterparts are struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver and have a diameter of three inches.

Those interested in purchasing one of the 2012-P El Yunque National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins may do so directly from the United States Mint via its online store at http://catalog.usmint.gov or by calling the toll free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

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