2013 Great Basin Silver Coin

The 2013 Great Basin Silver Coins are issued by the United States Mint as the third 2013-dated release of their respective series. Showcased on the reverse of each coin is a design emblematic of Great Basin National Park located in the state of Nevada.

2013 Great Basin Silver Coin Line-Art

2013 Great Basin Silver Coin Line-Art

The Great Basin Silver Coins are released by the Mint under the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin® Program and America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin™ Program. Coins from both series are struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver with diameters of three inches.

Designs found on both series are originally created for the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. However, whereas the quarters are much smaller and generally struck for circulation purposes, these larger coins are minted for different reasons.

The bullion coins are produced for investors. They are sold through the Mint's network of authorized purchasers who obtains the coins in bulk from the US Mint, then resells them for a small premium above the current spot price of the silver they contain.

In contrast, the uncirculated coins are produced for numismatic purposes. When initially released, they are sold directly to the public by the US Mint. A much larger surcharge is associated with them over and above any melt value.

To identify between coins of the two five ounce series, a 'P' mintmark is included on the uncirculated coins indicating they were struck at the US Mint's facility in Philadelphia. The bullion coins are also produced in Philadelphia but contain no mintmark.

Great Basin Silver Coin Design

Shown on the obverse of all America the Beautiful related coins is the same portrait of George Washington, by John Flanagan. This portrait first appeared on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar and (with minor changes) has appeared on quarters ever since. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

The reverse of the Great Basin Silver Coins contain the design emblematic of the national park. A single bristlecone pine tree is pictured surrounded by rocky glacial moraines. Inscriptions are GREAT BASIN, NEVADA, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.  The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Associate Designer Ronald D. Sanders and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon.

Great Basin Silver Coin Specifications

Minting Facility: Philadelphia (mintmark present on uncirculated coin)
Composition: 99.9% silver
Weight: five ounces
Diameter: three inches
Date of Issue: 2013
Mintages: TBD
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Ronald D. Sanders / Renata Gordon

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