The United States Mint today, August 13, 2012, released the 2012-P Acadia National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin.
Offered as the third 2012-dated release of the America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ series, the strike is being sold by the U.S. Mint for $204.95.
Shown on the reverse of the coin is a design emblematic of Acadia National Park of Maine. Like other coins of this numismatic series, this release is composed of five ounce of .999 fine silver and features a diameter of three inches.
Acadia Silver Coin Ordering Details
Those interested in ordering the 2012-P Acadia National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin may do so directly from the United States Mint. Orders are accepted via the U.S. Mint’s website of http://www.usmint.gov/catalog and by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT (6468).
The Mint’s standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95 per order also applies. Currently, no household or order limits are in place on the release.
As previously mentioned, pricing of the new release is listed at $204.95. That can change if there is a significant change in the market price of silver.
Uncirculated Coin Specifications and Designs
Coins of the America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated series are struck and released by the United States Mint as the numismatic versions of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program. (Read about bullion Acadia coin release.)
Both series feature designs originally created for the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. This includes an obverse portrait of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The portrait was originally designed by John Flanagan and has been seen on the obverse of quarter dollars since 1932 (with minor variations).
Obverse inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "P" and "QUARTER DOLLAR." Also shown on the obverse is a ‘P’ mintmark indicating the coin was struck at the U.S. Mint’s facility in Philadelphia.
Shown on the reverse of the coin is the design emblematic of Acadia National Park. This includes a view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse set along Acadia’s rough coastline.
The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Barbara Fox and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna. Reverse inscriptions include "ACADIA," "MAINE," "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and "2012."
Mintage and Sales Expectations
Mintage limits for the Acadia coin has been set at 25,000. This is the same limit established for the previous two 2012-dated releases of the series. That limit has not yet been attained and both of those strikes are sill available for ordering.
In fact, all five of last year’s releases are also still available for ordering as well. The 2011-dated strikes had maximum mintage of 35,000.
In comparison, the five 2010-dated inaugural strikes of the series had mintage caps of 27,000. Initial demand for coins of the series led these five strikes to eventual sell-outs.
Recent releases of the series have seen several thousand ordered in the first week. Following that short burst, sales have slowed.
2011-2012 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Sale Figures
Offered below is the latest sales for the 2011-2012 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins and the sites or parks they commemorate. As of date for the sales is August 8, 2012.
|Year||5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin||Latest Sales|
|2011||Gettysburg National Military Park, PA||22,712|
|2011||Glacier National Park, MT||19,047|
|2011||Olympic National Park, WA||16,650|
|2011||Vicksburg National Military Park, MS||16,768|
|2011||Chickasaw National Recreation Area, OK||15,030|
|2012||El Yunque National Forest, PR||12,146|
|2012||Chaco Culture National Historical Park, NM||7,931|
|2012||Acadia National Park, ME||–|
|2012||Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI||–|
|2012||Denali National Park and Preserve, AK||–|
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park was initially established as Sieur de Monts National Monument on July 8, 1916. It was redesignated and renamed Lafayette National Park on February 26, 1919 before a final name change to Acadia on January 19, 1929.
The national park preserves most of Mount Desert Island and associated smaller islands off the Atlantic coast of Maine. At 47,452.80 acres, the area has much to offer to its visitors including mountains, ocean shoreline, forests, and lakes with activities such as hiking, bike-riding, boat tours, carriage rides and more.
Additional information on Acadia National Park may be found on the National Park Service website of http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm.