2012 Acadia Silver Coin

Released by the United States Mint as the third of five 2012-dated strikes in their respective series are the 2012 Acadia Silver Coins. A reverse design on each of the coins showcases Acadia National Park found in the state of Maine.

2012 Acadia Silver Coin (associated quarter image shown) (US Mint image)

2012 Acadia Silver Coin (associated quarter image shown)

Acadia Silver Coins are stuck as part of both the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program and America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin™ Program. Both series feature coins struck from five ounces of silver with a diameter of three inches and designs based on yet a third US Mint series, the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

However, whereas the quarters program is typically struck for circulation, the bullion and the uncirculated programs are struck for other reasons. Congress created the bullion series as a low-cost investment option to add small amounts of silver to investor's portfolios.

As such, they are sold through the Mint's network of authorized purchasers who obtains the coins in bulk from the Mint, then resells them for a small premium above the current spot price of the silver contained within them. The five ounce uncirculated coins are created for and sold directly by the Mint to collectors for a much larger premium than their bullion counterparts.

The easiest way to tell the difference between a coin of the bullion program and a coin of the uncirculated program is the inclusion of a 'P' mintmark on the uncirculated coin. This indicates it was struck at the US Mint's facility in Philadelphia (as were the bullion coins, but they contain no mintmark).

Acadia National Park was established as Sieur de Monts National Monument on July 8, 1916. It was later renamed Lafayette National Park and finally Acadia National Park. All sought to protect the location which is along the Atlantic coastline.

Acadia Silver Coin Design

As previously mentioned, the coins share the designs with a series of circulating quarter dollars. As such, the obverse of each Acadia Silver Coin contains a portrait of George Washington, just like the quarter dollars have done in the United States since 1932. The portrait of the first President of the United States was completed by John Flanagan. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

The reverse of the Acadia Coins contains a design emblematic of the rugged Atlantic coastline of the park along with Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. Inscriptions are ACADIA, MAINE, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed by AIP Associate Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.

Acadia Silver Coin Specifications

Minting Facility: Philadelphia (mintmark present on uncirculated coin)
Composition: 99.9% silver
Weight: five ounces
Diameter: three inches
Date of Issue: 2012
Mintages: TBD
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Barbara Fox / Joseph Menna

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