The United States Mint will begin sales of the 2012-P Chaco Culture National Historical Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin today, July 9, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET. This will be the twelfth release within the numismatic series.
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. The common obverse design for the series features the 1932 portrait of George Washington. Despite containing five troy ounces of silver, the coin carries the nominal face value of “Quarter Dollar”. An incuse edge inscription indicates “.999 fine silver 5.0 ounce”.
A bullion version of the coin was released on June 25, 2012 and distributed via the authorized purchaser system. The present release for the numismatic version is sold directly by the US Mint to the public. The numismatic coins feature an “uncirculated finish” which is created through a vapor blasting technique, as well as the “P” mint mark on the obverse.
The 2012-P Chaco Culture Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin carries a maximum mintage of 25,000 coins. There are no household ordering limits imposed and pricing is $204.95 per coin.
During the course of the numismatic series different maximum mintages, household ordering limits, and prices have been imposed. Currently, the five 2011-dated releases featuring Gettysburg, Glacier, Olympic, Vicksburg, and Chickasaw remain available for sale. The first 2012-dated release featuring El Yunque National Forest also remains available, and has sold 10,920 units since going on sale May 29.
Release dates for the remaining 2012-dated coins will be August 13 (Acadia), September 24 (Hawaii Volcanoes), and November 5 (Denali).