Another series from the United States Mint comes to a close for the year with today’s release of the 2016-P Fort Moultrie Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin. It appears as the final 2016-dated issue from the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ Program and it is the thirty-fifth in the series overall.
Shown on the reverse (tails side) is a design emblematic of Fort Moultrie which is part of Fort Sumter National Monument of South Carolina. Each is produced from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of 3.000 inches.
Fort Moultrie dates back to the American Revolutionary War. Its construction was still incomplete when nine British warships attacked on June 28, 1776. The fort withstood the battle preventing Charleston from being occupied by the British.
The coin’s reverse depicts Sergeant William Jasper as he may have appeared returning the regimental flag to the ramparts during the battle. It is the same basic image as found on the corresponding Fort Moultrie quarter which launched into circulation in mid-November. Richard Scott designed it and Joseph Menna sculpted it.
Also like the quarter, the obverse (heads side) bears John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington, the first president of the United States.
There is also a ‘P’ mintmark on the obverse that indicates its production at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia.
An edge inscription of .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE indicates the coin’s content and fineness.
Ordering and Mintage
Place orders for the 2016-P Fort Moultrie Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) or from this product page on the U.S. Mint’s website. Pricing is $149.95.
Maximum mintage of 30,000 is listed, but that may be adjusted lower as it is dependent upon demand for the related bullion coin which is described below.
Moultrie Five Ounce Bullion Coin
The U.S. Mint also produces a series of five ounce bullion coins as a companion to the uncirculated series. The bullion coins are intended for investors and sold through the U.S. Mint’s network of authorized purchasers who resell them to precious metal and coin dealers as well as the public for a premium above the spot price of the five ounces of silver in each.
These bullion coins have a brilliant finish and they are also produced at the Philadelphia Mint but bear no mintmark. Maximum combined mintage for the bullion and uncirculated five ounce coins is 150,000. The Fort Moultrie bullion piece launched on Nov. 14 and has sales of 27,800 through Dec. 7.
Buying these just to complete the set is getting boring. Aside from the few early winners like the volcanoes, does anyone see an upside on this set down the road if/when silver takes off again?
I’m beginning to agree with you. I started collecting these a couple years after the series began. It was somewhat exciting searching out good deals on the older issues. But now that I can keep current from the mint, it has gotten a little boring. Also, storage on the whole set is going to be a little bit of an issue.
I couldn’t agree more. I think I’m on my 4th shoebox already for the set. I’m starting to think interest on them will wane after the last release, just like with the state quarters. Maybe it’s time to bail out.
Many like the “P” ones more than the bullion ones but the mark up by the mint makes the price much higher. So, if you are buying just for the silver the bullion ones likely are a better bet (also some of the bullion ones have fewer sold than the “P” ones). Currently you can buy some of the early “P” ones for much less than the issue price. As stated before, if I want to buy 5 oz of silver I would rather have these than 5 one oz eagles due to the small numbers struck. This is an… Read more »
I agree gentlemen,
The series is sometimes rather boring due to the designs and I have always been one to say lighten up on the packaging! It takes up so much room.
Even the bullion sales have dwindled on these this year.
We have a long ways to go to finish up on these if you want the whole set. I almost bailed this spring, but I just put my order in for the last of this years.
I guess I’m in for the long haul.
What about free shipping on orders over $100? $154.90 was my statement for this one.
You probably have an automatic “enrollment” for this coin series & the free S&H promo does not apply to “enrollment” orders.
A perfect (continuing) example of the Mint’s lack of understanding (In regards to maintaining intrest in a collectable series). The quarter program should have taken a break after 10 long years & 50 states!