2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Released


Shawnee National Forest makes another appearance on a United States Mint product with today’s release of a 3-inch, 5-ounce silver coin depicting a design emblematic of the site in Illinois. This newest release is the 31st overall in the U.S. Mint’s collector series of America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins. It is the first of five for 2016.

2016-P Shawnee National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin and Presentation Case
2016-P Shawnee National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins arrive encapsulated, set inside a protective outer box and come with a United States Mint Certificate of Authenticity

Located in the Ozark and Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois, Shawnee National Forest preserves about 280,000 acres of federally managed lands. In its early years, many of those acres included exhausted farmlands. President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated the lands as an official national forest in 1939, with a number of conservation and reforestation projects since then responsible for restoring the land to its current state.

Shawnee Silver Uncirculated Coin Design

Designs on this collector coin from the Philadelphia Mint match those of the smaller Shawnee quarter, which launched into circulation earlier this month with large quantities of them now available in U.S. Mint-branded rolls and bags.

Reverse of 2016-P Shawnee National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin
Reverse of the 2016-P Shawnee National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

Designed by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Jim Licaretz, the reverse depicts a close view of Camel Rock with natural vegetation in the foreground and a red-tailed hawk soaring in the sky overhead. The other side, like every America the Beautiful Quarter and companion silver 5-ounce coin, shows John Flanagan’s effigy of George Washington.

2015-P Homestead National Monument of America Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin, Obverse
Here is a photo of the obverse or heads side of an America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

Edges of the 3-inch silver coins are unique. Instead of the reeded treatment found on quarters, they are flat and incused with ".999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE."

2015 Homestead 5 Oz Silver Coin Edges
This photo shows the incused edge letterings featured on all America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins

See how five ounce coins are made.

Price and Premiums

Pricing for the new coin is $149.95. With its 99.9% pure silver composition and at $15.16 an ounce, it has a melt value of $75.80, bringing its U.S. Mint premium per ounce to $14.83. That is low when compared against other collector silver coins from the Mint, but toward the upper end for recent 5-ounce issues.

Last year’s 2015-dated coins opened with per ounce premiums of $16.06; $14.38; $14.38; $13.67; and $13.80 while the 2014-dated coins came in at $15.71; $12.35; $11.60; $11.33; and $11.18.

Ordering and Mintages

2016-P Shawnee National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are available from the U.S. Mint via this online product page or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Mintages ramped higher this year. Last year, maximum sales per design for the bigger coins were established at a combined 65,000. In 2016, the number is set at 150,000 coins with 30,000 for this uncirculated release and the remaining for the companion bullion version. The U.S. Mint reserves the right to tweak the mintages based on demand levels.

Bullion Version

The Philadelphia Mint also produces 5-ounce bullion versions for investors. The 2016 Shawnee Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin went on sale Feb. 1, and 41,800 were claimed by the end of the day.

2016 Shawnee National Forest Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin
Photo of a 2016 Shawnee National Forest Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Its sales as of Wednesday, Feb. 24, stand at 102,500 coins, the most since the release in 2011 commemorating Olympic National Park in Washington.

2015 Homestead 5 Oz Silver Bullion and Uncirculated Coins, Obverses
Here is a 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 collectible coin bears a ‘P’ mint mark below ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’.

Both bullion and uncirculated coins share designs and specifications. In key differences, bullion coins:

  • 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 reserves the selling of 5-ounce bullion coins to authorized distributors who buy them in bulk at $9.75 per coin plus silver spot. They are normally available from precious metals and coin dealers for a few dollars per ounce over their melt value.

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I subscribe for the 5 oz. collector coins and I got an email from the US Mint this morning at 12:47 AM ET saying that my order for this product was received. It contained a confirmation number. That’s over 11 hours before it went on sale.

Did anyone else who subscribes for this product get a similar email?


I wonder what the new montage # will do to the market. It is like doubled @ 75,ooo units. 2016 on will not have the lower mintages of all the prior ones.

Seth Riesling

Mike Unser – Thanks for the great quality photos & stats on this popular coin series. Just one suggestion: can you please add a bullet point at the end of the article in the section about the bullion version as follows: · does not ship with a U.S. Mint certificate of authenticity Thanks Mr. Unser! Whistler – As this article states & per the Mint’s press release about a week ago, the expected mintage of the “P” Mint mark version 2016 5-oz silver ATB coins is only 30,000 at the most. Still a low mintage coin! Happy collecting everyone !… Read more »


The U.S. Mint reserves the right to tweak the mintages based on demand levels.


Hello I dont understand how the mint sells the 5 ounce bullion coin to authorized distributors for $9.75 per coin plus spot. Is it 9.75 a ounce plus spot for each ounce up to 5 ounces ? thank you.

Seth Riesling

Tim – Believe it or not, but the U.S. Mint has an official list of only 13 companies in the world who are registered & approved to purchase the Mint’s silver, gold & platinum bullion version coins. The APs pay only $2 per coin plus spot price of silver for the 1-oz silver American Eagle bullion version $1 coins & pay only $9.75 per coin (not per ounce) plus spot price of silver for the 5-ounce ATB silver quarter dollar bullion version coins. It is an unbelievable monopoly the U.S. government gives these 13 companies! I am republishing my post… Read more »


Unbelievable . With silver being so low right now the mint needs to lower the price on the 5 ounce uncirculated ATB coin. Thanks for the infi

Seth Riesling

Tim – Welcome to the largest Mint in the world & it’s Congress-approved schemes for bullion version coins. Even last year when silver hit a 6-year low price, the Mint didn’t lower a single price of a silver coin or set containing silver coins! It has a very fair pricing grid for all of its gold & platinum coins and can raise & lower prices weekly, but there has never been a similar pricing grid for its silver coins & they will not say why publicly (I know why privately, but it would be refreshing to hear them say why… Read more »


Seth, thank you very much for the info. I am so addicted to coin and bullion collecting that every bit of info that I learn helps. Thanks again.

Seth Riesling

Tim –

You are very welcome Sir. I have been involved in all aspects of the numismatic hobby/industry/science for 40 years now (collector, part-time dealer in college, investor, researcher/journalist) & I enjoy sharing information & learning from others here. “It takes a village” as the old saying goes. We share a common interest & I will attempt to answer any numismatic questions or refer you to a book or someone or some collector specialist group that can get the answers.

Best Wishes Tim!


Thomas McReynolds

They don’t change the price because silver still backs the dollar supposedly. But they will sure manipulate the price for the stock market so they can keep the dollar up there.The dollar is just a piece of paper now nothing more its really not worth anything. All they do is let the rich get richer me and my wife are middle class and that’s where they want to keep people. There would be nothing wrong with the economy if they were just honest people but no they want more have enough money to live the rest of your life and… Read more »

Michelle L Powell

I was looking in my change and I have one that has a p under in god we trust.. only thing I’m missing is the writing on edges. Is mine a collector