Today May 29, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2012-P El Yunque National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin. This is the first release of the year and the eleventh release overall within the numismatic program.
The design for the coin replicates the design found on the El Yunque National Forest Quarter Dollar. The obverse features the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. The reverse depicts the Coqui tree frog on a leaf and a Puerto Rican parrot behind an epiphyte plant with tropical flora in the background. The bullion weight and fineness “.999 Silver 5.0 Ounce” is included on the edge of the coin.
This numismatic version contains the “P” mint mark on the obverse and carries a different finish than the bullion version. The US Mint indicates that the coins carry an “uncirculated finish.” For past years of the series, this has been created through a vapor blasting technique that imparts a slightly granular, but uniformly frosted finish.
For this release, the maximum potential mintage has been set at 25,000 coins. This is lower than the 35,000 mintage for the 2011-dated coins and the 27,000 mintage for the 2010-dated coins, which had been considered extremely low at the time of release. There are no household ordering limits imposed for the current release. This compares to an initial ordering limit of five per household imposed for the first four 2011-dated releases and one per household imposed for the 201o-dated releases.
The price of the El Yunque National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is $204.95.
The next releases within the numismatic series include Chaco Culture National Historical Park on July 9, 2012 and Acadia National Park on August 13, 2012.