The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2014 Shenandoah National Park 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin. This represents the second release of the year and the twenty-second release overall for the numismatic coin program.
Shenandoah National Park located in Virginia provides a destination for travelers seeking to engage in a wide range of outdoor activities. The park features cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, and quiet wooded hollows where visitors can enjoy hiking, meandering along the scenic Skyline Drive, camping, or picnicking. Encompassing 200,000 acres of protected lands, the park provides a habitat for black bear and numerous songbirds.
The reverse design of the Shenandoah National Park 5 Ounce Silver Coin features a depiction of a hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit. Inscriptions include “Shenandoah”, “Virginia”, “2014”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed and engraved by Phebe Hemphill.
The obverse design contains the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. Inscriptions include “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
Each coin is struck in 5 troy ounces of 99.9% silver with a diameter of 3 inches. This numismatic version of the coin features an uncirculated finish created through a vapor blasting technique and carries the “P” mint mark.
The United States Mint has indicated a maximum mintage of 30,000 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 coin within the series will feature Arches National Park and is scheduled to begin sales on June 12, 2014.