2017 Ozark Riverways 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Released


Silver enthusiasts take note. The U.S. Mint just released the 2017-P Ozark Riverways Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin.

2017-P Ozark National Scenic Riverways Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin and Presentation Case
2017-P Ozark National Scenic Riverways Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins arrive encapsulated, set inside a protective outer box and come with a United States Mint Certificate of Authenticity

Composed of five ounces of .999 fine silver, the 3-inch coin has a reverse design emblematic of Ozark National Scenic Riverways (www.nps.gov/ozar). The national park was established in 1964 to preserve 134 miles of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers in the Ozark Highlands of southeastern Missouri.

Coin Designs

Designed by Ron Sanders with sculpting by Renata Gordon, the coin’s reverse depicts Alley Mill, a steel roller mill built in 1894 to convert wheat into flour. The mill is one of the more than 100 historic structures found within the national site. This same design also appears on the Ozark Riverways quarter. The 25-cent piece was released into circulation in early June and is available in U.S. Mint rolls and bags as well as other collector products. (See photos of the quarter.)

2017-S Proof Ozark National Scenic Riverways Quarter, Reverse-b
This CoinNews photo shows a Ozark National Scenic Riverways 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 near the rim of the coins are OZARK RIVERWAYS, MISSOURI, 2017 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Artist and sculptor initials are also near the bottom of the displayed river (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.

Also like the associated quarter, the obverse shows a portrait of George Washington. The likeness of the first President of the United States was created by John Flanagan and first appeared on quarter dollars in 1932.

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 indicates the coins’ production at the Philadelphia Mint.

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

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


Available for $149.95, buy the 2017-P Ozark National Scenic Riverways Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin from this U.S. Mint product page or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). No more than 25,000 will be sold.

Series Background and Bullion Edition

This collectible is the third 2017-dated release in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ program. Two more coins will appear this year depicting sites of national interest and mirroring designs from the associated quarter program.

Similar to the uncirculated coin, the U.S. Mint strikes counterpart Ozark Riverways bullion coins. They are produced for investors, sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers, and are available from coin and precious metal dealers for a premium above their melt value.

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 lack mintmarks. The Ozark Riverways bullion coin launched June 5 and has sales of 20,000 through July 10.

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Seth Riesling

These 2017-P .9993 fine silver 5-ounce ATB coins have a special “vapor-blast” finish that the grading services grade as “Specimen” (SP) while the bullion versions without the Mint mark are graded as MS.
The Mint has not lowered the price on these in a couple of years even as silver went under $15 an ounce during the day a few days ago.


Joe C.

Yes, they should lower the price or at least offer the 10% discount like they did in 2014.

Chas Barber

The mint will likely raise prices on these before they lower them. Just l0k@ how much they want for the 2017 Ag medal. Or the plat proof almost a $500 premium as time passes. It wil not sell out @ $10k, there are not that many collectors of them. Look@ the prices for Ag commens $50 for about $13 worth of silver, and 2 bland subjects……… oh & a Unc Ag for Boys Town that will sell <3k coins & no one will care about it, it is NOT Jackie Robinson! a pPriest…..

NW Robert

I wonder if the vapor blasted versions of the 5 oz. coin get milk spots? That would be extremely irritating with the premium price.


NW Robert, it does appear that the vapor blast process significantly lessens the chance that milk spots will develop. I contend this because while I have seen a fair number of bullion ATB coins with some milk spots, I have personally only seen 1 Unc (vapor blast) ATB with 1 small milk spot.

As for pricing, it would be appreciated by collectors like me if the US Mint brought back the discounted pre-order of these coins. I took advantage from the beginning of that short lived pre-order discount promotion and I’d immediately sign up if they’d offer it again.