Composed of 5 ounces of .999 fine silver, the United States Mint just released the 2018-P Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin.
This large 3-inch coin, priced at $154.95, is issued as part of the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ Program.
It offers a design emblematic of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Wisconsin, showcasing the lakeshore’s sea caves at Devils Island with the lighthouse in the background and a kayaker in the foreground. This is the same design as found on the recently released Apostle Islands quarter.
The image is the work of U.S. Mint AIP artist Richard Masters. Sculpting for the design was completed by U.S. Mint sculptor Renata Gordon.
As five ounce coins are companions to quarters, obverses (heads side) also bear an effigy of the first President of the United States George Washington.
A mintmark of ‘P’ also adorns 5-ounce coins indicating their production at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia.
An edge inscription on each release includes the specifications of the coin: "999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE."
The 2018-P Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin may be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint from this product page or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
No more than 20,000 will be sold, representing a 5,000 mintage reduction from 2017 issues.
Five Ounce Programs
In addition to these five ounce silver uncirculated coins and the associated quarter dollars, the U.S. Mint also produces a series of five ounce silver bullion coins in the America the Beautiful portfolio. These bullions coins are nearly identical to the uncirculated coins but do not have the ‘P’ mintmark despite also being produced in Philadelphia.
In addition, the bullion coins are not sold directly to the public by the U.S. Mint. Instead, they are sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for a small premium above the current spot price of the five ounces of silver they contain.