2018 Pictured Rocks 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Released


Marking the first of five products to be issued this year in an annually appearing series is the five-ounce 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Uncirculated Silver Coin.

2018-P Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin and Packaging
Uncirculated 2018-P Pictured Rocks Coins arrive encapsulated, set inside a protective outer box and include a U.S. Mint Certificate of Authenticity

This release debuts as part of the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ program. The new 3-inch 99.9% fine silver coin launched at noon ET today, Feb. 9.

Featured on the coin’s reverse (tails side) is a design emblematic of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore of Michigan. Stretching for 42 miles along the shoreline of Lake Superior, the national site takes its name from a 15-mile area of colorful sandstone cliffs.

The design offers a representation of Chapel Rock, found within the lakeshore area. Atop, we find a white pine tree.

Photo of 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter
This CoinNews photo shows a proof Pictured Rocks quarter. The larger 5-ounce coin released today features the same design but in a vapor blast uncirculated finish. It also has a flat or smooth edge compared to the reeded edge on quarters. Inscribed near the rim of the coins are PICTURED ROCKS, MICHIGAN, 2018 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Artist and sculptor initials are also near the bottom (on the left and right sides).

Paul C. Balan created the artwork and Michael Gaudioso sculpted it. The imagery matches that of the related Pictured Rocks quarter. The 25-cent piece was released into circulation earlier this week and it is available in other U.S. Mint collector products like quarter rolls and bags and the 2018 ATB Quarters Proof Set.

Effigy Mounds Quaters and 5 ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin
This CoinNews photo shows last year’s first America the Beautiful coins from the quarter and 5-ounce series. (They honor Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa.) The photo highlights the size difference between quarters and the much larger 5-ounce silver coins.

Since this five ounce series was created as an associated program to the quarters, the obverse (heads side) also contains an effigy of the first President of the United States George Washington. The likeness of the first President by artist John Flanagan debuted on the 1932 circulating quarter dollars and has been seen with slight modifications on quarters ever since. It was restored for the America the Beautiful coins programs.

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.

In addition, a ‘P’ mintmark located to the right of the portrait indicates the coin was produced at the U.S. Mint’s facility in Philadelphia.

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

Wrapping up the design details, edges of the big coins are incused with “999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.”

Ordering and Price

The 2018-P Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is available from this U.S. Mint product page or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Its price is $154.95, an increase of $5 from last year’s releases. No more than 20,000 will be sold, representing a 5,000 mintage reduction from 2017 issues.

Five Ounce Programs

America the Beautiful coins debuted in 2010 and will continue until at least 2021. There are five different designs released annually with each honoring a unique site of national interest.

Coins of this five ounce series are in a collector-grade uncirculated finish, encapsulated and shipped in a presentation case with a Certificate of Authenticity.

A similar series of bullion coins are issued. They are also made at the Philadelphia Mint from five ounce of 99.9% pure silver to the same diameter of 3 inches but they lack the uncirculated finish and ‘P’ mintmark.

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.

They are also not sold directly to the public by the U.S. Mint like the uncirculated coins. Instead, they are sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for small premiums above their associated spot pricing.

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I like these 5oz. ATBS I hope the Mint will make other 5oz. coins in future like the moon landing, World War Two Heroes and other war Heroes.


Very nice design, and perfect for a five ounce platform. I don’t collect 5oz proof coins but who ever does is going to have a beauty in there collection. Perfect size to display.



My 2 on subscription just shipped. I have every 1. 2010 I have just 1 each one year I bought 4 each one year except New Mexico I bought 6 or 7. One year I bought 4 happens to be lower mintage year also. But 2 seams right if I see they are not selling I usually add 1, plus to get it from a different batch. So i personally “Grade” them. If not happy I buy more. I never send them back, with my luck it will be an error coin or something lol. Plus its 5oz silver at… Read more »


Adam – you have a great outlook for your collection. Hope you do find an error coin or two. Great pieces to have in your collection.



I am a collector of the 5 oz ATB Uncirculated “P” version coins….what an amazing set this will be when it concludes in a few short years!

The large 76+mm diameter size is really excellent for showcasing the various high quality designs.

The U.S. Mint has definitely gotten it right, by and large, with this series….well done U.S. Mint!

Joe Brown

CoinA-Z – i agree + its rear for being the first 5.oz by the *u*s*mint, i luvim* both, the collect version, is real sharp tho!


Just got mine – one damaged. will return. There is a small nick / gash in the edge. oops. the other one is awesome.


also, there is a spot / blemish on the obverse