With 2012-P Chaco Culture 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins launching Monday, July 12, two of the five uncirculated 2012-P America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Coins have been released by the United States Mint so far this year.
While the U.S. Mint has not listed release dates for the last two silver coins on its online product schedule, it has announced them in a customer mailed 2012 Summer Catalog that promotes current and forthcoming products. The 2012-dated honored sites and the release dates for the silver coins follow:
- El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico — Released on May 21, 2012
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico — Released on July 9, 2012
- Acadia National Park in Maine — Release date of August 13, 2012
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii — Release date of September 24, 2012
- Denali National Park in Alaska — Release date of November 5, 2012
Each of these uncirculated coins are composed of 99.9% fine silver, have a diameter of 3.0 inches and weigh 5.0 ounces. Maximum mintages for each are 25,000. They bear a "P" mint mark to indicate their production at the United States Mint facility in Philadelphia. The companion investment-grade five ounce bullion silver coins are also minted in Philadelphia, but they do not have any mint mark or the collector uncirculated finish.
As of this writing, all available America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are priced at $204.95. Prices are subject to change based on the market direction of silver.
In a side note, this year’s coins are the first to be released during their designated calendar year. Each of the five 2010-dated silver coins launched in 2011, three of the 2011-dated coins appeared in 2011 and two of them were issued earlier this year. Max mintages for the 2010-P coins was 27,000 per. These sold out. The 2011 coins are still for sale with each having a maximum mintage of 35,000.