AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL FIVE OUNCE SILVER UNCIRCULATED COINS are "Collector (Specimen) Versions" of the Five Ounce Silver Coins issued through the United States Mint America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin Program. The surface of all America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Numismatic Coins are "vapor blasted" after the coins have been struck. As part of this process, the United States Mint uses a water vapor and ceramic media mix. It is very sililar to sandblasting but instead of using compressed air, the mint uses a compressed water vapor. The finish is applied to each coin AFTER the coins have been struck and NOT to the coin dies. This provides a uniform, protective finish on each coin. In addition to their unique "vapor blasted" finish specimen coins can be destinguished from the five ounce bullion coins by the "P" mint mark on the obverse.
Each 2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is limited to a total mintage of 27,000 coins. These three-inch , five-ounce, .999 silver coins replicate each of the designs featured on the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program Coins, which are authorized by Public Law 110-456. The United States Mint will issue 56 quarter-dollar coins (one from each state, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories) featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as part of this program. Five America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins will be minted annually and released in the order in which the honored site was first established as a national site, with the final coin issued in 2021.
The obverse of all of the coins in this series features the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the origional model. Obserse inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, QUARTER DOLLAR, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, and the "P" mint mark. All of the coins in this series have a lettered edge inscribed ".999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE". The reverse of all of the coins in this series features an iconic image representitive of the honored site. Inscriptions on the reverse identify the name and state or territory of the honored site, and the year of issue. The reverse also carries the inscription E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Common specifications for the series are as follows:
DENOMINATION: Quarter Dollar
CONDITION: Uncirculated - Specimen
COMPOSITION: 99.9% Silver
CONTENT: 0.999 Fine Silver (155.362 grams) Balance Copper
DIAMETER: 3.000 inches (76.2 mm)
WEIGHT: 5.000 troy oz. (155.517 grams)
THICKNESS: 0.165 inch (4.19mm)
MINT MARK: P