The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2012-P Denali National Park and Preserve Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins. This is the numismatic version of the five ounce silver coin series featuring the designs of the America the Beautiful Quarters.
The reverse design of the coin features a depiction of a Dall Sheep with Mount McKinley rising in the background. The park traces its roots back to the efforts of Charles Alexander Sheldon, who took an interest in the Dall Sheep Native to the region. Mount McKinley is the tallest peak in North America, which is included within the park.
The obverse of the coin contains the John Flanagan portrait of George Washington used for the 1932 Washington Quarter.
On October 22, 2012, the US Mint had released a bullion version of the Denali National Park Five Ounce Silver Coin. Sales for the bullion issue have now reached 15,000 pieces. The bullion coin carries a brilliant finish and does not contain a mint mark. These are distributed through a network of bullion dealers based on the price of the precious metal content plus a mark up.
The numismatic version being released today has a maximum mintage of 25,000 pieces. The coins carry a special finish created through a vapor blasting technique and bears the “P” mint mark for Philadelphia. Each coin is priced at $229.95. Orders may be placed online at http://catalog.usmint.gov/
Previous numismatic releases of the series featuring Gettysburg National Military Park, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park, Vicksburg National Military Park, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, El Yunque National Forest, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Acadia National Park, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park also still remain available for sale.