2017 Effigy Mounds 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Released

by Darrin Lee Unser on March 7, 2017 · 6 comments

A United States Mint collector series continues for the 8th year with today’s release of the 2017-P Effigy Mounds Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin.

2017-P Effigy Mounds National Monument Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin and Presentation Case

2017-P Effigy Mounds National Monument Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins arrive encapsulated, set inside a protective outer box and come with a United States Mint Certificate of Authenticity

The new issue features a design honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument of Iowa (www.nps.gov/efmo). The area was established as a protected site in 1949 and preserves more than 200 prehistoric mounds built by Native Americans.

The collectible appears as the first 2017-dated release from the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ program. Like all series coins, it is produced from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of 3.000 inches.

Coin Designs

Created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon, the coin’s reverse (tails side) design shows an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. If the image looks familiar, it may be because it is also featured on the associated Effigy Mounds quarter which was also recently released by the U.S. Mint.

2017-S Proof Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter -c

This CoinNews photo shows an Effigy Mounds quarter. The larger five ounce coin features the same design, but it has a flat or smooth edge, as compared to the reeded edges on quarters. Inscribed around the quarter and five ounce coin design are EFFIGY MOUNDS, IOWA, 2017 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Artist and sculptor initials are near the bottom of the image on the left and right side.

Like those quarters, the obverse (heads side) of the five ounce coin bears the John Flanagan portrait of George Washington. The likeness of the first President of the United States made its inaugural appearance on the 1932 circulating quarter-dollar and has appeared on them (with minor variations) ever since.

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

Here is a CoinNews photo of the obverse or heads side of an America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin. The design is common across the series, and on companion quarters. Shared inscriptions include: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and QUARTER DOLLAR.

A ‘P’ mintmark on the obverse identifies the coin as being produced at the U.S. Mint’s facility in Philadelphia.

2015 Homestead 5 Oz Silver Coin Edges

This CoinNews photo shows the incused edge letterings that are on all America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins

.999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE is edge incused indicating the coin’s content and purity.

Ordering and Mintage

The 2017-P Effigy Mounds Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is available directly from the U.S. Mint by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) or from this product page on the bureau’s website. Coin pricing is $149.95.

A maximum mintage of 25,000 applies but the figure is subject to change based on demand for the related bullion coin which is described below.

Effigy Mounds Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Featuring similar specifications to the uncirculated coin, the United States Mint also strikes Effigy Mounds bullion coins. They are produced for investors, sold through the U.S. Mint’s network of authorized purchasers, and are available from coin and precious metal dealers for a premium above the current spot price of the silver they contain.

2015 Homestead 5 Oz Silver Bullion and Uncirculated Coins, Obverses

Here is a CoinNews photo of obverse sides of America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins. The bullion version is left and the collector uncirculated edition is right. The bullion coin has no mintmark. The collectible coin has a ‘P’ mintmark below ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’. They also have different finishes.

These bullion coins are produced to a brilliant finish at the Philadelphia Mint but they do not bear a mintmark. The Effigy Mounds bullion piece launched on Feb. 6 and has sales of 19,500 through March 6.

Effigy Mounds is the thirty-sixth design of the series which debuted in 2010 and runs through 2021. Four more coins will appear this year, continuing to honor sites of national interest and mirroring designs from the associated quarter program.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jp March 7, 2017 at 11:54 am

I’m predicting a real slow start to this puc…

Joe C. March 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Ugly coin. Will not be buying this one.

Seth Riesling March 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

“Animal crackers in my soup…” – Shirley Temple (RIP Ambassador Shirley Temple Black).

-NumisDudeTX

Mammoth March 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Seth, you beat me to the punch with your comment. You should buy one of these, since the bottom animal cracker is shaped like your home state, albeit tilted 25 degrees to the east.

Cheers,
Mammoth

Seth Riesling March 7, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Mammoth –

Lol. You got it right dude! The bird does look like the shape of Texas, with one eye closed & a couple of shots of whiskey!

Happy collecting!

-NumisDudeTX

Johnny March 7, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Cool coin! Finally something a little bit more unique

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