The United States Mint has scheduled the release date for the next numismatic release for the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins. The coin representing Yosemite National Park has a release date of June 9, 2011 posted on the US Mint’s online product schedule.
The obverse of the coin will feature the 1932 portrait George Washington designed by John Flanagan, which has been restored to bring back the beauty of the original model. The reverse features the rock formation known as El Capitan, which rises more than 3,000 feet above the Yosemite valley floor. This is the largest monolith of granite in the world. The reverse was designed by Joseph Menna and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.
Each coin is struck in .999 fine silver, with a weight of five troy ounces, and diameter of three inches. As with the other 2010-dated numismatic releases, the mintage is limited to 27,000 coins. The coins feature a finish created through a vapor blasting technique and carry the “P” mint mark.
The first numismatic release feature Hot Springs National Park went on sale April 28. Despite a strong opening, it took until May 13 for the US Mint to receive orders for the maximum mintage. The second release featuring Yellowstone National Park went on sale May 17. Through May 22, the US Mint had recorded sales of 18,143 out of the 27,000 maximum mintage. At the time of this article, the coins continue to be available for sale on the US Mint’s website.
Both the Hot Springs and Yellowstone five ounce silver numismatic offerings were priced at $279.95 each with an ordering limit of one per household in place.