2017 Frederick Douglass 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Release

by Mike Unser on May 2, 2017 · 2 comments

The latest United States Mint collector product, the 2017-P Frederick Douglass Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin, makes its debut today.

2017-P Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin and Presentation Case

2017-P Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins arrive encapsulated, set inside a protective outer box and come with a United States Mint Certificate of Authenticity

Limited to 25,000 pieces, the large quarter-dollar features a design honoring the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the District of Columbia (www.nps.gov/frdo/). The park was established in 1962 to preserve the home and legacy of Douglass, an abolitionist, orator, civil rights advocate, author, and statesman.

This collectible marks the second 2017-dated release from the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ Program. The Mint’s facility in Philadelphia strikes them in 5.000 troy ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of 3.000 inches.

Coin Designs

Designed by Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, the coin’s reverse shows Douglass seated at a writing desk, with his home in Washington, DC, in the background. This same image also appears on the Frederick Douglass quarter. The 25-cent piece launched into circulation in early April and is now available in U.S. Mint rolls and bag products.

2017-S Proof Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter

This CoinNews photo shows a Frederick Douglass quarter. The larger 5-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 coins are FREDERICK DOUGLASS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, 2017 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Artist and sculptor initials are near the bottom of the image on the left and right side.


Effigy Mounds Quaters and 5 ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

This CoinNews photo highlights the size difference between quarters and 5-ounce coins. The first 2017-dated coins from the quarter and 5-ounce series honored Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. They debuted in March.

Similar to quarters, obverses (heads side) of 5-ounce coins offer the John Flanagan portrait of George Washington. The likeness of the first President of the United States made its first appearance on the 1932 circulating quarter-dollar and has appeared on them ever since.

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

This CoinNews photo shows 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 Philadelphia Mint.

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

Five-ounce coins bear edge-incused lettering of 999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE to denote their content and purity.

Ordering

Priced at $149.95, the 2017-P Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin becomes available on Tuesday, May 2, at noon ET. Order from this U.S. Mint product page or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Frederick Douglass Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Featuring similar specifications to the uncirculated coin, the United States Mint also strikes Frederick Douglass 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

A CoinNews photo of the 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 pieces are produced to a brilliant finish at the Philadelphia Mint but they do not bear a mintmark. The Frederick Douglass bullion coin launched on April 3 and has sales of 18,400 through May 1.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is the thirty-seventh design of the series which debuted in 2010 and runs through 2021. Three more coins will appear this year, continuing to honor sites of national interest and mirroring designs from the associated quarter program.

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Randy May 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm

WOW Great, Like to see 5 oz. Apollo missions coins Astronauts on one side and Lunar missions on the other side are do shuttle flights series,one side space station

Tinto May 3, 2017 at 10:16 am

If only the US Mint struck the “P” pucks in proof finish. That picture of the proof quarter shows just how nice they would have been in proof instead of the sandblasted faded finish….

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