On April 7, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the latest coin in the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin series. The coin features Great Smoky Mountains National Park located in Tennessee, representing the twenty first release within the ongoing series.
The reverse design carries the depiction of a historic log cabin located situated within the park, incorporating a view of the lush green forest and mountains beyond. A hawk is pictured circling in the air above. Inscriptions include “Great Smoky Mountains”, “Tennessee”, “2014″, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and engraved by Renata Howard.
The obverse features the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan, which was used as the original design for the Washington Quarter. The inscriptions include “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “In God We Trust”, and the denomination “Quarter Dollar”.
Each coin is struck in 5 troy ounces of 99.9% silver with an uncirculated finish. This numismatic version of the coin carries the “P” mint mark to represent the Philadelphia Mint.
The United States Mint has indicated a maximum mintage of 25,000 pieces for this release. The initial pricing is $154.95 per coin, however as with all US Mint precious metals products, this may be subject to change.
The next release within the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin series featuring Shenandoah National Park is scheduled to go on sale May 15, 2014.