Today, April 28, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the Kisatchie National Forest Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins. This represents the twenty-seventh overall release within the numismatic series of large sized silver coins.
The reverse of the coin, which was designed by Susan Gamble and engraved by Joseph Menna, features the image of a wild turkey in flight over blue stem grass with long leaf pine in the background. The inscriptions read “Kisatchie”, “Louisiana”, “2015”, and “E Pluribus Unum”.
The obverse features the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan with inscriptions “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “Quarter Dollar”. The “P” mint mark is present to represent production at the Philadelphia Mint.
Each coin is struck in 99.9% silver with a weight of 5.000 troy ounces. The precious metal purity and weight are included as incused edge lettering. The diameter of each coin is 3.000 inches and the thickness is 0.165 inch. These numismatic coins carry uncirculated finish created through a vapor blasting technique.
The coins are priced at $149.95 each. A maximum mintage of 30,000 pieces has been established for this numismatic version of the coin, matching the level established for the prior five releases of the series.
The United States Mint has also provided guidance regarding the production level of the bullion version of the coin, which went on sale to authorized purchasers on April 20. As opposed to the numismatic version, which carries the “P” mint mark and an uncirculated finish, the bullion version does not have a mint mark and carries a brilliant finish.
An authorized limit of 65,000 coins is established across both numismatic and bullion versions of the coin. Based on the maximum of 30,000 established for the numismatic version, this suggests a mintage of 35,000 for the bullion version. However, the Mint has indicated, based on demand, the bullion mintage may be higher as long as the overall 65,000 coin limit is not exceeded. To date, the Mint has already sold 29,800 of the Kisatchie Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins.
2015 Coin and Chronicles Sets Pricing
The United States Mint has indicated the pricing for the upcoming 2015 Coin and Chronicles Sets within a notice to be published in the Federal Register. Sets are to be issued for Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
The pricing for each set will be $57.95.
This is the same pricing used for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set issued last year. The set had included the proof Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Dollar, proof Roosevelt Dime, silver and bronze versions of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Medal, and a series of Roosevelt USPS stamps. The sets were limited to 20,000 units.
The exact contents for the 2015 Coin and Chronicles Sets have not yet been announced.