The Mint has posted its first images of the Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) 5-ounce silver Uncirculated and bullion coins. Bullion coins are sold only to authorized purchasers (APs), who sell the coins to the public. The 5-ounce Uncirculated America the Bullion coins can be purchased directly from the Mint. The Fort Moultrie issue will be available for sale at noon on December 8, 2016.
The Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) coin is the fifth release in the America the Beautiful program this year. The 5-ounce Uncirculated coins are struck in 99.9% fine silver. Each coin is 3 inches in diameter and 0.165 inch (4.19 mm) thick. Struck at the Philadelphia Mint, the coins have a smooth edge incused with .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE. The Mint distinguishes the numismatic strikes from the bullion strikes with the word “Uncirculated”; the Guide Book of United States Coins describes them as “Specimens.”
So far this year, sales of the 5-ounce “pucks” have remained well below their mintage limits of 30,000 each:
- Shawnee National Forest—15,263 the first week, 18,781 to date; 13 weeks to achieve 17,000 sales.
- Cumberland Gap National Historical Park—14,854 the first week, 18,349 to date; 10 weeks to achieve 17,000 sales.
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park—15,140 the first week, 17,612 to date; 13 weeks to achieve 17,000 sales.
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park—16,190 the first week, 17,559 to date; 4 weeks to achieve 17,000 sales.
The Fort Moultrie coin is the 35th issue in the program. The price has not been established but will depend on the bullion price of silver at the time of release. The other 5-ounce Uncirculated coins in the program are currently $149.95. ❑