2012 Denali Silver Coin

The 2012 Denali Silver Coins will be the last of five 2012-dated strikes released by the United States Mint in two associated series.

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

2012 Denali Silver Coin (associated quarter image shown)

Each Denali Silver Coin is struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches. The reverse of each coin contains a design emblematic of Denali National Park located in the state of Alaska.

The five ounce silver coins are struck as part of both the Mint's America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program and America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin™ Program. Coins of both series feature almost identical specifications including obverse and reverse imagery originally created for yet a third US Mint series, the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

The main difference between the two silver coin series lies in their intended markets and the inclusion of a mintmark on coins of the uncirculated series. This is a 'P' mintmark indicating the coins were struck at the US Mint's facility in Philadelphia. The bullion coins are also struck in Philadelphia but contain no mintmark.

When created by Congress, the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins were intended for investors. It was meant as a low-cost option for investors to add silver to their portfolios similar to the American Silver Eagle Program. The uncirculated series was authorized by the Secretary of the Treasury who has the power to mint and sell items of numismatic interest.

Denali National Park is featured on the reverse of the coins and was initially created by Congress on February 26, 1917 as Mount McKinley National Park. Since that creation, the park has expanded significantly in size as well as assumed the name of Denali to better reflect the wishes of local citizens.

Denali Silver Coin Design

Shown on the obverse of all America the Beautiful related coins is a portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. This effigy was created by John Flanagan for use on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and has been used on the quarters, with small variations, ever since. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

The reverse of the Denali Silver Coins contains the design emblematic of Denali National Park by showcasing a Dall Sheep in the foreground with Mount McKinley rising behind it. Reverse inscriptions include DENALI, ALASKA, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.

Denali 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: Susan Gamble / Jim Licaretz

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