2012 Chaco Culture Silver Coin

The 2012 Chaco Culture Silver Coins are struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches. Showcased on their reverse is a design emblematic of Chaco Culture National Historical Park located in the state of New Mexico.

2012 Chaco Culture Silver Coin (associated quarter image shown) (US Mint image)

2012 Chaco Culture Silver Coin (associated quarter image shown)

Chaco Culture Silver Coins are actually struck as part of two different US Mint series - the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program and America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin™ Program. Both feature similar specifications including designs taken from a series of circulating quarter dollars but have different intended markets.

The bullion coins are struck for investors and are sold through the Mint's network of authorized purchasers for a small premium above the current spot price of the precious metal contained within them like all other US Mint bullion products. In contrast, the US Mint strikes the uncirculated coins for collectors and sells them directly to the public for a much larger premium than their bullion counterparts.

Both series feature strikes that are very similar to each other. The easiest way to tell the difference between strikes of the two programs is to look for the inclusion of a mintmark. The uncirculated coins have a 'P' mintmark indicating they were struck at the US Mint's facility in Philadelphia.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park was originally established as a national monument to protect one of the best examples of ancient pueblo dwellings in the world. It preserves the site that served as a large commercial and cultural center of the region a millennia ago.

Chaco Culture Silver Coin Design

The obverse of the Chaco Culture Silver Coins contains the portrait of George Washington seen on circulating quarters since 1932. In fact, this portrait is featured on all of the related America the Beautiful Coins and was originally designed by John Flanagan. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

Shown on the reverse is a design emblematic of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. This design depicts a view of elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex. Inscriptions are CHACO CULTURE, NEW MEXICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

Chaco Culture 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: Donna Weaver / Phebe Hemphill

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