2012 El Yunque Silver Coin

The 2012 El Yunque Silver Coins are the first of five 2012-dated releases of associated strikes of the multi-year America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program and America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin™ Program. The El Yunque Coins are struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches.

2012 El Yunque Silver Coin (associated quarter image shown) (US Mint image)

2012 El Yunque Silver Coin (associated quarter image shown)

Shown on the reverse of the El Yunque Silver Coins is a design emblematic of El Yunque National Forest located in the United States Territory of Puerto Rico.

El Yunque Silver Coins are struck as part of two different series, as previously stated. The bullion program was created by Congress as part of the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-456). The five ounce uncirculated series was created through the power granted the Secretary of the Treasury to create, mint and release items of numismatic interest.

The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins were launched as low-cost precious metal investment options and are sold through the Mint's network of authorized purchasers for a small premium above the current spot price of the five ounces of silver each contains. The uncirculated coins are sold directly to collectors by the US Mint for a larger premium.

Other than the inclusion of a mintmark on the uncirculated coins, both series are virtually identical. That mintmark is a 'P' indicated the coin was struck at the US Mint's facility in Philadelphia. Of note, the bullion coins are also struck in Philadelphia but have the mintmark omitted as is standard practice for US Mint bullion coins.

El Yunque Silver Coin Design

El Yunque Silver Coins are based on a series of circulating quarter dollars known as the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. As such, the obverse of each coin in the series contains the same portrait of George Washington as seen on quarter dollars since 1932. This portrait is the work of John Flanagan. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

The reverse of the coin showcases the design emblematic of El Yunque National Forest. It depicts a Coqui tree frog and a Puerto Rican parrot in the dense vegetation common of the forest. Reverse inscriptions include 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.

El Yunque 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: Gary Whitley / Michael Gaudioso

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