Today the U.S. Mint released the 2016 Shawnee 5 oz. Silver Uncirculated Coin, which costs $149.95 and has a mintage limit set at 30,000 pieces. It is the first America the Beautiful 5 oz. Uncirculated coin issued this year and is available for $149.95.
The Shawnee 5 oz. Uncirculated coin is composed of five ounces of 99.9% silver and carries an Uncirculated finish. The Philadelphia Mint’s “P” mint mark is included on the obverse, unlike the bullion version of the coin, which has no mint mark. Five-ounce ATB coins measure three inches in diameter and are .165 inches thick.
Each coin comes enclosed in a protective capsule that allows for easy examination of both the obverse and reverse. A certificate of authenticity is also included; there are no household order limits in place.
The coin’s obverse includes John Flanagan’s 1932 portrait of George Washington with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, and QUARTER DOLLAR.
The reverse, designed was created by Justin Kunz and engraved by Jim Licaretz, features a red-tailed hawk soaring over Camel Rock, with the inscriptions SHAWNEE, ILLINOIS, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and 2016 placed along the rim.
The 30,000-unit mintage limit on this issue is subject to change. The figure is part of a larger, overall mintage limit of 150,000 coins applied to both Uncirculated and bullion issues of the coin. If the Mint wishes to sell more than 120,000 bullion pieces, it reserves the right to transfer coins from the Uncirculated allocation to bullion sales, as long as the total for both issues does not exceed 150,000.
The Shawnee National Forest design is the 31st issue in the America the Beautiful series. The ATB program will highlight a total of 56 national parks, forests, and historical sites in the order they were recognized by the federal government, with the final release in the series scheduled for 2021. For more information on the America the Beautiful quarters program, please visit the Web site of the U.S. Mint.