The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2012-P Chaco Culture National Historical Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins. This is the twelfth release in the numismatic series of America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park preserves the largest collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico. Between A.D. 850 and 1250, Chaco Canyon was a thriving hub of ceremony, trade, and administration for the ancestral Puebloans. The area is remarkable for its multi-storied public buildings called “great houses” and large circular ceremonial subterranean structures called “great kivas”.
The reverse design of the coin features a view to the west of two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex, the north wall of the Chetro Ketl, and the north wall of the canyon. This was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The obverse of the coin includes the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan.
The coins feature an uncirculated finish and bear the “P” mint mark. Each coin is struck in 5 troy ounces of .999 fine silver and has a wide diameter of 3 inches.
The Chaco Culture Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are limited to a maximum mintage of 25,000 coins. The coins are initially priced at $204.95 each and no household ordering limits are imposed.
For orders and additional information, visit the US Mint’s website at http://catalog.usmint.gov/