Today, Dec. 5, the United States Mint released its final America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ of 2017.
Honoring George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana, the 3-inch 99.9% pure silver coin also marks the U.S. Mint’s last collectible product of the year.
George Rogers Clark coins feature a reverse (tails side) design of Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville. United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Frank Morris created the image and U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso executed its use for coins.
The design matches that of the related George Rogers Clark quarters. The 25-cent piece launched into circulation last month and is available in U.S. Mint rolls and bags, plus other collector products. (See photos of the quarter.)
The obverse (heads side) design is also a familiar one as it is the same portrait of George Washington that graces quarters. The effigy by John Flanagan has seen some minor variations over the years but it has appeared on quarters since 1932.
A ‘P’ mintmark indicates the coin’s production at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia.
Additional specifications for the five ounce coin are inscribed on the edge of each coin with "999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE."
The 2017-P George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is available from this U.S. Mint product page or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Priced at $149.95, no more than 25,000 will be sold.
Series Background and Bullion Edition
America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins kicked off with five 2010-dated strikes and are issued as collector-grade versions of the U.S. Mint’s five ounce bullion series. These programs are based on the related quarter program which celebrates five different sites of national interest each year.
Similar to the uncirculated coin, the U.S. Mint struck companion George Rogers Clark bullion coins. Made for investors, they are available from coin and precious metal dealers for a premium above their melt value.
These bullion pieces are produced to a brilliant finish at the Philadelphia Mint but they lack mintmarks. The George Rogers Clark bullion coin launched on Nov. 13 with 32,400 sold to date.