2013 America the Beautiful Silver Coins

The 2013 America the Beautiful Silver Coins include strikes from two different United States Mint series, the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program and the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin™ Program. Both series are struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver and feature diameters of three inches. Both also showcase the same basic obverse and reverse imagery.

2013 America the Beautiful Silver Coins Line-Art

2013 America the Beautiful Silver Coins Line-Art

For 2013, that reverse imagery includes designs emblematic of five different sites of national interest. These fives sites include White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire), Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial (Ohio), Great Basin National Park (Nevada), Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Maryland), and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota).

The five designs are also featured on a third US Mint series, the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. In fact, the designs are originally created for the quarters series and then also used on the related five ounce silver coin programs. As such, inscriptions found on all three series indicate the strikes are quarter dollars.

Congress authorized the quarters and the bullion coins with the passage of the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. The authority to strike the related five uncirculated coins was given the Secretary of the Treasury in 31 U.S.C. §5111(a) (3) to produce and sell items of numismatic interest.

The five ounce bullion coins are initially sold through the Mint's network of authorized purchasers as are all Mint bullion products such as the Silver American Eagles.. The purchasers obtain the coins in bulk from the Mint and then resell them to the public in smaller quantities for a small premium above the current spot price of the silver contained within them.

This differs from the five ounce uncirculated coins which are considered Mint numismatic products. Accordingly, these coins are sold directly to the public by the US Mint and typically carry a much larger surcharge over any melt value associated with them. The bullion and uncirculated coins can be differentiated by the inclusion of a 'P' mintmark on the uncirculated strikes indicating they were produced at the US Mint's facility in Philadelphia. The bullion coins contain no mintmark.

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 same portrait has appeared (with minor variations) on quarter dollars since 1932 and was originally completed by artist John Flanagan.

An edge inscription of "999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE" appears on each coin to indicate its content and fineness.

2013 Silver Coin Designs

The five America the Beautiful Silver Coins due to be released in 2013 include:

2013 White Mountain Silver Coin Line-Art

2013 White Mountain Silver Coin Line-Art

2013 White Mountain Silver Coin - Features a reverse design emblematic of White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire.

The design depicts Mt. Chocorua which is the the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range. Surrounding the vista are birch trees. Inscriptions include WHITE MOUNTAIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. (See 2013 White Mountain Silver Coin.)

2013 Perry's Victory Silver Coin Line-Art

2013 Perry's Victory Silver Coin Line-Art

2013 Perry's Victory Silver Coin - This coin offers a reverse design emblematic of Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial located in the state of Ohio.

A statue of Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry found within the national site is shown in the foreground of the reverse design with the Peace Memorial doric column located in the distance. Inscriptions include PERRY'S VICTORY, OHIO, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. (See 2013 Perry's Victory Silver Coin.)

2013 Great Basin Silver Coin Line-Art

2013 Great Basin Silver Coin Line-Art

2013 Great Basin Silver Coin - Offered on the third 2013 strike of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Silver Coins is a reverse design emblematic of Great Basin National Park located in Nevada.

This reverse design depicts a single Bristlecone Pine tree indigenous to the park along with its surrounding rocky glacial moraines. Inscriptions found on the reverse include GREAT BASIN, NEVADA, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse design is the work of United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Associate Designer Ronald D. Sanders and was executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon. (See 2013 Great Basin Silver Coin.)

2013 Fort McHenry Silver Coin Line-Art

2013 Fort McHenry Silver Coin Line-Art

2013 Fort McHenry Silver Coin - The fourth America the Beautiful Silver Coin of 2013 contains a reverse design showcasing Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine of Maryland.

The design depicts a view of the fort during the annual "Defenders Day" celebration complete with fireworks emblematic of "rocket's red glare" from the Star-Spangled Banner written about the site. Reverse inscriptions include FORT McHENRY, MARYLAND, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna. (See 2013 Fort McHenry Silver Coin.)

2013 Mount Rushmore Silver Coin Line-Art

2013 Mount Rushmore Silver Coin Line-Art

2013 Mount Rushmore Silver Coin - Shown on the reverse of the final five ounce silver coin to be issued by the US Mint in 2013 is a design emblematic of Mount Rushmore National Memorial of South Dakota.

The design shows the sculpture while still under construction with workmen completing the final touches on the face of Thomas Jefferson. MOUNT RUSHMORE, SOUTH DAKOTA, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM are inscribed on the reverse. The reverse was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna. (See 2013 Mount Rushmore Silver Coin.)

 

America the Beautiful Silver Coin Specifications

Mint: Philadelphia ('P) mintmark on uncirculated, none on bullion
Finish/Condition: bullion / uncirculated
Composition: .999 fine silver
Weight: five ounces
Diameter: three inches
Edge: edge incused lettering
Date of Issue: 2013

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