A massive five-ounce, three-inch silver coin debuts today from the United States Mint. Honoring the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in the state of Idaho, each coin is composed of 99.9% pure silver and will be available from the U.S. Mint beginning at Noon ET for $154.95.
The 2019-P Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin follows earlier released quarters commemorating the same location. Both share a reverse (tails side) design emblematic of the national wilderness.
Mintage for the uncirculated coin is capped at 20,000 units. The strike marks the 50th in the Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins™ series which debuted with five 2010-dated strikes. Five new strikes have been issued annually ever since with each celebrating a different site of national interest. The program will end with six more designs — 5 next year and one in 2021 — after which a site from each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories will have been honored.
Silver Coin Designs and Specifications
U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program Artist Emily Damstra created the design found on the reverse of the silver coin and companion quarter. The image shows a piloted drift boat on the rushing river. Around the scene we find trees and rock formations indicative of the Wilderness.
Surrounding inscriptions include "RIVER OF NO RETURN," "WILDERNESS," "IDAHO," "2019," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM." Renata Gordon sculpted the design.
All coins from series offer the same obverse (head side) portrait of George Washington. The likeness of the first President of the United States is a familiar one as it initially appeared in 1932 on the circulating quarter dollar and it has been on the quarter, with some modest changes, ever since.
Around the John Flanagan portrait of Washington are inscriptions of "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "QUARTER DOLLAR." The ‘P’ mintmark indicates the coin was produced at the Philadelphia Mint.
In other design elements, each series coin has a flat edge with an edge inscription reading: "999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE."
Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Specifications
|Weight:||5.000 troy oz.
|Mint and Mint Mark:||Philadelphia – P|
Ordering and Price
The 2019-P Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin may be ordered online via the Mint’s store dedicated to silver coins, found here. Orders may also be placed by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).