2018 Block Island 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Released


Debuting two days after its associated quarter dollar, the United States Mint just released the 2018-P Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin.

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

The collectible is issued under the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins™ series with each piece composed of five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of 3.00 inches.

Coin Designs

The coin’s reverse (tails side) is emblematic of Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island. The same basic imagery appears on much smaller quarters that launched Nov. 13. (See Block Island quarter photos.)

Photos of 2018 Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarters
CoinNews photos of collectible versions of 2018 Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarters, including proof, reverse proof and uncirculated editions. The larger Block Island 5-ounce coin features the same design, but in a vapor blast uncirculated finish. It also has a flat or smooth edge compared to the reeded edge found on quarters.

Depicted is a black-crowned night-heron. The bird is shown flying above the beach at Cow Cove. In the distance, we find the North Lighthouse. Inscriptions around the scene include "BLOCK ISLAND," "RHODE ISLAND," "2018," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM." This design is the work of U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Chris Costello. Sculpting was under the charge of U.S. Mint sculptor Phebe Hemphill.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarters and 5-ounce silver coin
This CoinNews photo shows the second 2018-dated America the Beautiful coins from the quarter and 5-ounce series honoring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. It highlights the size difference between quarters and 5-ounce coins.

Struck as a companion piece to the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, coin obverses (heads side) bear the same portrait of George Washington. Surrounding inscriptions read: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "QUARTER DOLLAR." The last inscription is indicative of this coin’s association with the Mint’s series of quarter dollars.

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.

Also on the obverse is the mintmark of ‘P’ showing that the coin was produced at the U.S. Mint’s facility in Philadelphia.

Each piece also has a flat edge with an edge inscription reading: "999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE."

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

Detailed specifications for the coin are as follows:

Finish: Uncirculated
Denomination: Quarter
Composition: 99.9% Silver
Weight: 5.000 troy oz.
(155.517 grams)
Diameter: 3.000 inches
(76.20 mm)
Edge: Lettered
Mint and Mint Mark: Philadelphia – P


Ordering and Price

Priced at $154.95, the 2018-P Block Island Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is available directly from this U.S. Mint product pate. Orders may also be placed by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

The coin’s mintage is limited to 20,000 pieces with no household or ordering restrictions in place.

Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins

Similar five ounce bullion coins are also produced by the U.S. Mint. They feature a brilliant finish as compared to the vapor blast finish of the uncirculated coins. In addition, while they are also made at the Philadelphia Mint, they do not have mintmark which is standard policy for U.S. Mint bullion products.

Bullion coins are sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for a small premium above associated melt values. The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for five-ounce Block Island bullion coins on Nov. 26.

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Another bird – ugh