Tomorrow, May 15, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin featuring Shenandoah National Park. This will represent the twenty second release within the series of large sized silver numismatic coins.
The reverse design by Phebe Hemphill features a depiction of a day hiker taking in the view from Little Stony Man summit. The inscriptions read “Shenandoah”, “Virginia”, “2014”, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The obverse contains the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan with the inscriptions “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”.
Each coin is struck in 99.9% silver with a weight of 5.000 troy ounces. The diameter is 3.000 inches, while the thickness is 0.165 inch. This represents the numismatic version of the coin, which carries the “P” mint mark for Philadelphia on the obverse and carries an uncirculated finish created through a vapor blasting technique.
Pricing is $154.95 per coin, unchanged from the prior release. Orders fulfilled through the US Mint’s online subscription program are eligible for the discounted price of $139.45 per coin.
The US Mint has set the maximum mintage at 30,000 units, representing an increase of 5,000 units from the prior release. There are no household ordering limits in place.
The previous coin in the series featuring Great Smoky Mountains National Park had gone on sale April 7. Opening sales were extremely strong at 21,415 units from the 25,000 maximum. The strong opening was likely driven by an increased number of subscription orders motivated by the 10% discount on price. In turn, the strong opening may have been a primary factor in the US Mint’s decision to increase the maximum mintage for the current release.
Despite sales for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Coin reaching 85.7% of the maximum in the opening days, more than a month later the coin has still not reached a sell out. As of the latest sales reported posted yesterday, cumulative sales have reached 24,043 units, with 447 added during the previous week.