2013-P Great Basin Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

On July 25, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2013-P Great Basin National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin. This will represent the first release of the series under the recently reduced pricing.

Great Basin Coin

The reverse design of the coin features a single Bristlecone pine in the rocky glacial moraines where the trees grow. These trees are believed to live longer than any other known single organism, with some aged nearly 5,000 years. The obverse of the coin carries the 1932 portrait of George Washington, which has been used in common for the series. Each coin is struck in 99.9% silver, with a weight of 5 troy ounces and diameter of 3 inches.

This product release represents the numismatic version of the coin, which follows a previously released bullion version. The numismatic version carries the “P” mint mark on the obverse and features a finish created through a vapor blasting technique applied after striking. In contrast, the bullion versions do not carry a mint mark and feature a brilliant finish.

The Great Basin Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin was originally scheduled to be released on June 27, 2013 at a price of $179.95. However, just days ahead of the anticipated release, the start date and price were removed, as the US Mint considered g a pricing adjustment for silver numismatic products. The pricing adjustment was implemented on July 11, 2013, and the release was rescheduled for July 25 at the new price of $154.95.

A maximum mintage has been established for this release at 25,000 units. This was the same limit announced for the 2012-dated releases, although sell outs had occurred with final sales at levels ranging from approximately 15,000 to 17,500. So far, the two previous 2013-dated releases have reached sales of 16,459 and 11,749.

US Mint Announces Free Shipping

Based on a banner now appearing on the US Mint website home page and online product catalog, the Mint will offer free standard shipping on domestic web orders starting Friday, July 26 at 9:00 AM ET.

Collectors will note that this promotion begins the day after the initial release of the Great Basin Five Ounce Silver Coins. To take advantage of the promotion, hold off on placing orders until at least the second day of availability.

This is the first time in the past five years or so that I can recall the US Mint offering a free shipping promotion. To my recollection, back when the US Mint first started accepting orders over the internet in 1999, shipping was free for web orders while a charge was applied to orders through other channels. This was eventually phased out, and a standard charge was applied all orders regardless of channel.

The promotion serves as a nice benefit for collectors. Hopefully, it will spur some additional sales during the typically slow summer months, so the US Mint will consider repeating or maintaining the free shipping offer. As yet, there is no ending date listed for the promotion.

Update: The free shipping promotion will end September 30, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET.

Other world mints offer free shipping under certain circumstances. The Royal Canadian Mint offers free shipping for Master’s Club Members, who also receive other benefits such as the ability to pre-order products before availability opens to the general public. The Perth Mint offers free shipping for orders over a certain threshold. The Royal British Mint has offered free shipping through a coupon code.

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  1. Samuel says

    at bay, there is this guy has more than 10 boxes of 2006 set for sale, each box contains more than 10 sets.

  2. fmtransmitter says

    All the dealers are all in on the 2013 set so they don’t have the ‘cash’ to buy these. Some dealer will pop on them eventually I am sure…

  3. stephen m says

    fmxmitter, freddie must have sold some boxes. Last time i saw the e-bay ad, long ago, he had 50 boxes. He’s still making more than triple on that investment. Poor old freddie.Any way it looks as if he’s had an easier life than that bristlecone pine.

  4. VARich says

    @ fmtransmitter – your comment regarding the homeless vet is inappropriate and in very, very poor taste.

    How you make an inference between a packaging slip up at the mint and the hiring of a homeless vet & IQ test is beyond me.

    I’m surprised to read that given all the patriotism you have espoused over the past couple of months.., perhaps the summer heat out that way has warped your antenna ’cause all I’m hearing is a lot of static.

    As one of the many vets out here that do comment, I’m glad you appreciate the Opportunity to purchase your ASE set in Black Retro, your Spitting Eagle, Bird coins, …and all the other wonderful purchases you have made this year.

  5. dan says

    Just received 2 uncirculated one ounce AGE coins and am very dissatisfied with the quality. Both coins have large discolorization above and below Lady Liberty’s left shoulder/arm area that is visible without any magnification. Has anyone else encountered this problem?

    I never seem to have problems with the proof’s, but over the last 2-3 years the uncirculated ones I always seem to have problems getting eye clean coins..

  6. Dustyroads says

    God bless you VARich, I hope you get everything coming to you. Don’t be too hard on fm, I doubt he intended to say vets are stupid, I think he was referring to the Mint. War is hell, we owe a great amount to those who have endured it, and many still deal with it!

  7. fmtransmitter says

    That is exactly what I meant Dustyroads. I was stating a FACT. Had NOTHING to do with him being a Vet. Got a family full of them.

  8. fmtransmitter says

    Should said “some homeless guy” but felt he deserved to be recognized for his service to the Military and the US Mint…All good, I understand how it could have been looked at differently..

  9. fmtransmitter says

    Anyway, my POINT was the constant QUALITY control issues at the Mint we talk about in here. I am a Certified Quality Manager so I see business from a ‘quality control” perspective. Maybe too much sometimes and apologize if anyone got offended…

  10. Hawkster says

    High Low Silver,

    O.K., I’m back. The sap flow of pine tree puns actually served to keep the thread on-topic. I will now “stem” the flow, and hope you don’t “bristle” at the thought. It’s a good thing that our moderator, Michael, has an appreciation of some light humor being thrown in once in awhile. Otherwise, he might have “chopped” my pun- laden comments.

    There has been some off-topic comments about the HOF coin image that the Mint has put out, with “fmtransmitter” providing a link to the Mint’s “pressroom” web page.

    Here’s a thought: Pete Rose is now banned from baseball, including being considered for induction into the Hall Of Fame. This does not stop Pete from showing up every year to Cooperstown to hawk his autographs at the local baseball memorabilia shops. His visits to this picturesque Otsego Lake community just happen to coincide with the annual summertime induction ceremonies, along with the thousands of visitors.

    Next summer’s visitors to Cooperstown could bring along their HOF commemorative coin (or buy one at the HOF gift shop). They could then meet up with Pete and pay him about $100. for his three- second autograph on the coin packaging. Let’s see what this would bring on Ebay. But don’t forget to get that authenticity label from a TPG company, which is probably another $50.

  11. fmtransmitter says

    Hawkster, my Grandmother used to serve Al Kaline dinner and got his autograph for my brother and I as kids. To this day I kick myself for losing it.

  12. Jon in CT says

    I sure wish fmtransmitter would take a vacation. His pile of “contributions” here has significantly diminished the signal/noise ratio.

    Kudos to this site for saving me $5. I did get a notice from the Mint this morning about the Free Shipping offer but, if not for this site, I would have ordered my 5 oz Great Basin silver coin yesterday, instead of waiting until this morning.

  13. Hawkster says


    Don’t despair, his name is all over household batteries: “Alkaline”. Now, once and for all, I am “logging” off on my pine tree puns.

  14. GMS says

    Must be another mint mistake but all of the 2013 Presidential Dollars in $100.00 bags are listed as sold out.

  15. vaughnster says

    Received my 5 oz bullion Great Basin ATB coin from Provident today and it is beautiful. I’m guessing the Perry’s Victory was more the fault of the Mint and not Provident.

  16. Jon in CT says

    GMS wrote on July 27, 2013 at 9:09 am:

    Must be another mint mistake but all of the 2013 Presidential Dollars in $100.00 bags are listed as sold out.

    Yes, I see that. Very strange. But none of those 2013 President Dollar bags have moved to the “No Longer Available” list at http://catalog.usmint.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&identifier=9200

    I agree that this is either a mistake or a crude method to temporarily prevent people from ordering the bags, for whatever reason.

  17. taribor says

    you all will probably laugh at me, and maybe it is because I am from Ohio (living in NorCal now for years)…….but I got a perry’s victory in my change today and thought it looked really nice (nicer than my 5oz P does)……nice, simple design, kinda like the platinum should have been before they decided to add gears everywhere, but to each his own i guess 🙂

  18. GMS says

    Jon, Even though they have not moved onto the No Longer Available page the fact is you can’t order them as of now, I might add the Cleveland second term D $250 Dollar box sold out a few days ago and it hasn’t moved to the page you list either.

  19. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    She appeared to me in a hazy dream in 2013 and told me this is the first year since 1987 that all 4 numbers in the date are not the same. Now i know she is thinking about me somewhere…

  20. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    still have the 87 mint set she got me… think i’ll buy the 2013 unc Mint set…

  21. Jon in CT says

    I wonder whether “Free Shipping” applies to the $1 President 500-coin box, which has a $7.95 shipping weight surcharge tacked onto the normal $4.95 S&H.

  22. thePhelps says

    Jon – I believe it says standard shipping free… I don’t think that qualifies as standard.

  23. GMS says

    Jon, the $250 Dollar box is a better buy anyway, I have bought as many as 4 at a time and was charged $4.95

  24. VaBeachSteve says

    Off topic …. Anyone notice how fast the Sovereign coins sold out at the Royal Mint??? The Gold coin in 2 days (Mintage of 2013) & silver in 5 days (10,000 mintage) …… Everybody loves a baby

  25. high low silver says

    I did too GMS. But I got them at face value when the Mint was sendind them to the banks…..

  26. GMS says

    Well high low, they don’t send them to the banks anymore so you either pay the premium or do without.

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