The United States Mint is now offering the collector 2013-P White Mountain National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin.
It is the first of its kind this year and the sixteenth overall in the series of numismatic America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins.
Softer Price and Premium Over Melt
This new product, bearing a reverse design representative of the national forest found in New Hampshire, has an opening price that is a little softer on consumer wallets. At $179.95, it’s a full $100 cheaper than when the series debuted with the first 2010-dated release. The very last issue, the sold out 2012 strike honoring Alaska’s Denali National Park, launched in November with pricing of $229.95.
On Thursday, May 16, when the coins were released, the London silver Fix was $22.26 an ounce. That brings the melt value of the silver coin to $111.30 and its premium over melt to $68.65.
2013 White Mountain Coin Designs
United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill designed and sculpted the reverse of the 2013-P White Mountain National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin. It depicts Mt. Chocorua, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range, surrounded by common birch trees. Reverse inscriptions read WHITE MOUNTAIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Like all America the Beautiful coins, the obverse features John Flanagan’s well-known portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The "P" mint mark indicates the coin’s origin from the United States Mint facility in Philadelphia, where all U.S. Mint issued five ounce coins originate. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
An edge inscription reads .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE, the weight and fineness of the coin.
2013 White Mountain Silver Coin Specifications
Specifications of collectible America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are nearly the same as the respective investor-quality bullion coins. Like the White Mountain bullion coin that launched a few days ago, each is composed of five ounces of 99.9% fine silver. The coin diameters stretch a full three inches and have a thickness of 0.165 inches.
Difference between numismatic uncirculated coins and bullion coins include the "P" mint mark found on the obverse of the numismatic version, which is missing on the investor strike, and the way the two versions are distributed. Investment renditions are sold via the U.S. Mint’s limited network of authorized silver purchasers for a small premium above the current spot price of the precious metal they contain. The uncirculated coins are sold directly to the public by the U.S. Mint at a steady, published price.
Mintages, Ordering and Sales of Past Releases
A maximum mintage of 25,000 will apply to the White Mountain Silver Uncirculated Coin. Last year’s issues did not reach their intended mintages as the U.S. Mint produced fewer based on early collector demand. Reduced pricing may help spark sales this year. For comparison purposes, final sales totals for past issues are illustrated in a chart at the bottom of this article.
The new White Mountain silver coin may be purchased from the U.S. Mint either through its website, found here, or by phone toll-free at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no household ordering limits for this release.
Each numismatic White Mountain National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is encapsulated for protection and placed inside an outer box. It ships with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Upcoming 2013 America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins
Four more America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins will be issued by the U.S. Mint this year. Their names and release dates are:
- Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Silver Uncirculated Coin (OH), scheduled for June 6, 2013
- Great Basin National Park (NV), scheduled for June 27, 2013
- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (MD), scheduled for August 2013 and
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial (SD), scheduled for November 2013
Below is the list of 2011- and 2012-dated ATB Silver Uncirculated Coins and their last reported sales figures before they sold out or went off sale.
|2012-P Denali 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||15,225|
|2012-P Hawaii Volcanoes 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||14,863|
|2012-P Acadia 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||14,978|
|2012-P Chaco Culture 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||17,146|
|2012-P El Yunque 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||17,314|
|2011-P Gettysburg 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||24,625|
|2011-P Glacier 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||20,856|
|2011-P Olympic 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||18,398|
|2011-P Vicksburg 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||18,594|
|2011-P Chickasaw 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||16,827|
|2010-P Mount Hood 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||26,928|
|2010-P Grand Canyon 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||26,019|
|2010-P Yosemite 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||27,000|
|2010-P Yellowstone 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||27,000|
|2010-P Hot Springs 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin||27,000|
As reflected above, the U.S. Mint has released five America the Beautiful coin designs annually. Each new release honors a different national park or site of interest. By the time the program ends in 2021, one site per state and U.S. territory will have been featured. The artwork is the same as the corresponding America the Beautiful Quarters® produced for public commerce.