Today, September 15, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the Great Sand Dunes National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins. This will represent the twenty-fourth overall release within the numismatic series.
The reverse design carries the image of a father and son playing in the sand within the park next to a creek bed. The background includes the distinctive mountains and sand dunes of the site. Inscriptions around the outer circumference read “Great Sand Dunes”, “Colorado”, “2014”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was both designed and engraved by Don Everhart.
On the obverse of the coin is the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”. The “P” mint mark appears to represent the Philadelphia Mint.
Incused edge inscriptions indicate the precious metal weight and purity as “.999 Fine Silver 5.0 Ounce”.
This coin represents a numismatic release which carries a limited mintage and is sold directly by the United States Mint to the public. The numismatic version is differentiated with an uncirculated finish created through a vapor blasting technique and the “P” mint mark on the obverse.
A maximum mintage of 30,000 has been indicated. Pricing is $154.95 per coin, with orders fulfilled through the US Mint’s online subscription program receiving the discounted price o $139.45 per coin. There are no household ordering limits imposed.
The first numismatic release of the series for this year featuring Great Smoky Mountains National Park had sold out at last reported sales of 24,725 compared to the maximum mintage of 25,000 pieces. The subsequent two releases have reached sales of 26,375 for Shenandoah and 26,252 for Arches from maximum mintages of 30,000 pieces each.
Bullion versions of this year’s coins have seen sales to date of 30,000 for Great Smoky Mountains, 21,000 for Shenandoah, and 21,200 for Arches. The Great Sand Dunes bullion version, which was made available to order from August 25 has reached sales of 10,000 pieces.