2015 Blue Ridge Parkway 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Released

by Rhonda Kay on July 7, 2015 · 4 comments

The Blue Ridge Parkway makes one of its last appearances on a United States Mint collectible product with today’s release of the three-inch, five ounce silver coin that depicts the popular roadway in North Carolina.

2015-P Blue Ridge Parkway Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin and Presentation Case

2015-P Blue Ridge Parkway Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins arrive encapsulated, set inside a protective outer box and come with a United States Mint Certificate of Authenticity

This latest release marks the 28th overall in the series of America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins, and the third of five designs for this year.

Blue Ridge Parkway Silver Coin Design

Designs on this coin match those found on the Blue Ridge Parkway quarter. It launched into circulation last month and large quantities of them are available in U.S. Mint-branded rolls and bags.

Reverse of 2015-P Blue Ridge Parkway Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

Reverse of Blue Ridge Parkway 5 Oz Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

The reverse, or tails side design, was crafted by Frank Morris and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The image depicts a scenic view of the mountainous roadway as it gracefully curves into a tunnel. North Carolina’s state flower, the Cornus florida, is presented in the foreground as it might appear alongside the road. The heads side, like all other America the Beautiful Quarters and companion silver coins, offers John Flanagan’s famous effigy of George Washington.

2015-P Homestead National Monument of America Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin, Obverse

Here is a photo of the obverse (heads) side of an America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

Edges on America the Beautiful Quarters are different than edges seen on the three-inch silver coins. Quarters have common reeded edges while those on these silver coins are flat and carefully incused with ".999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE."

2015 Homestead 5 Oz Silver Coin Edges

This photo shows the incused edge letterings on America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins, which has their silver fineness and weight

See how five ounce coins are made.

Pricing and Premium

Pricing for the uncirculated coin is $149.95. With its 99.9% pure silver composition and at Tuesday’s London silver price of $15.61 an ounce, each has a melt value of $71.90. That makes the U.S. Mint premium per ounce at $14.38.

That is actually low when compared to other U.S. Mint collector silver products. For example, current premiums for the Mint’s one-ounce proof and uncirculated American Silver Eagles are $33.34 and $24.34. It is toward the upper end compared to recent releases. Prior 2015-dated Kisatchie National Forest and Homestead National Monument coins launched at a per ounce premium of $13.67 and $13.80, respectively, while last year’s issues came in at $15.71; $12.35; $11.60; $11.33; and $11.18.

Ordering

2015-P Blue Ridge Parkway Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are available from the U.S. Mint website by visiting its product page, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Its stated mintage limit is 30,000.

Bullion Version

The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia also produces bullion five ounce silver coins intended for investors. Blue Ridge Parkway Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins debuted June 22. The Mint suspended sales on the same day after orders reached 35,000. More have been made, and they will go on sale next Monday, July 13.

2015 Homestead 5 Oz Silver Bullion and Uncirculated Coins, Obverses

Here is a photo of the obverse or heads side of America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins. The bullion version is left and the collector uncirculated edition, which carries a ‘P’ mint mark below ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’, is right.

Both the bullion and uncirculated coins share the same designs and have common specifications. In key differences, the bullion versions:

  • have a brilliant instead of matte finish,
  • lack the Philadelphia Mint’s "P" mint mark, and
  • do not ship in special U.S. Mint packaging.

The U.S. Mint only sells the five ounce bullion coins to authorized distributors, who buy them in bulk at $9.75 per coin plus spot and resell them in smaller quantities to dealers or straight to the public. Bullion coins are normally available from precious metals and coin dealers for a few dollars per ounce over their melt value.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ingodwetrust July 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm

I got burned! (::::::
It is just #28 issue still have 28 more, my heart is hurt when silver price fall ,should I continue to buy or ask mints to reduce the price of coin ,?
We saw all hot products price are double in few days of debate

Kahoola July 8, 2015 at 4:26 am

Rhonda, the Kisatchie atbs were limited to 65,000 across all product lines even if there were separate numbers listed for the collector version. Has the Mint set a similar limit for the Blue Ridge atbs? What is the cross product lines limit for Blue Ridge?

Joe July 8, 2015 at 6:58 am

Bought a 5 once Blue Ridge bullion for $95.00 free shipping,from a major coin dealer,per sale.

Joe July 8, 2015 at 7:01 am

pre sale.

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