2012 El Yunque National Forest 5 oz Silver Uncirculated Coin

The 2012 El Yunque National Forest 5 oz Silver Uncirculated Coin is the first of five 2012-dated releases to appear as part of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ series. This coin showcases a revere design emblematic of El Yunque National Forest located in the United States territory of Puerto Rico.

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The US Mint strikes this series of five ounce uncirculated coins as the numismatic versions of its America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™ Program. Both series are composed of five ounces of .999 fine silver and feature a diameter of three inches.

Both series also contain designs originally created for a third related US Mint series – the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. As such, the obverse of each coin in all three programs contain the same portrait of George Washington with the reverses emblematic of different sites of national interest from around the United States and its territories.

2012 America the Beautiful Silver Coins

Five 2012 America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver Uncirculated Coins will appear from the US Mint:

  • 2012 El Yunque National Forest5 oz Silver Uncirculated Coin
  • 2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park 5 oz Silver Uncirculated Coin
  • 2012 Acadia National Park 5 oz Silver Bullion Uncirculated Coin
  • 2012 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 5 oz Silver Bullion Uncirculated Coin
  • 2012 Denali National Park 5 oz Silver Bullion Uncirculated Coin

These strikes mark the eleventh through the fifteenth for the series overall to be issued by the Mint.

Issue Information

Coins of this series are released as the numismatic versions of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™.

Release Date

A release date has not been announced by the US Mint.

Issue Price

Coins of this series are sold at a fixed price. However, the US Mint alters this price occasionally taking into account recent market activity.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

A ‘P’ mintmark on each coin indicates they were struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia.

Designer & Sculptor

John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington is featured on the obverse of all of the America the Beautiful Coins including the quarter dollars and the bullion strikes. It is the same image of Washington that has been used on the quarter dollars since 1932 (in one form or another).

The reverse contains a design originally created for the associated quarter dollar series. The US Mint describes that related quarter design with:

"The reverse… depicts a Coqui tree frog sitting on a leaf and a Puerto Rican parrot behind an epiphyte plant with tropical flora in the background.  Inscriptions are EL YUNQUE, PUERTO RICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Gary Whitley and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso."

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $0.25
Finish: Uncirculated
Composition: .999 fine silver
Standard Weight: 5 oz
Standard Diameter: 3.0 inch
Edge: lettering

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