Issued today by the United States Mint will be the 2012 Acadia Silver Uncirculated Coin. The third 2012-dated strike of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin™ series will be available for sale beginning at Noon (Eastern) for $204.95, plus the Mint's standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95 per order.
Showcased on the reverse of the coin is a design emblematic of Acadia National Park of Maine. Each Acadia Silver Coin is struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver and features the extremely large diameter of three inches.
Coins of this America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin series debuted with five 2010-dated strikes which features five new issues annually released as part of it. The coins are considered the numismatic versions of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™ which are also struck from five ounces of silver to a diameter of three inches.
The two series feature coins that are nearly identical with the exception of a mintmark and their intended market. The bullion coins contain no mintmark and are struck for investors. As US Mint bullion coins they are sold in bulk to a series of authorized purchasers who resell the strikes to the public for a small premium above the current spot price of the silver contained within them.
In contrast, these silver uncirculated coins are struck for numismatic purposes and contain a 'P' mintmark indicating they were struck at the US Mint's facility in Philadelphia. They are sold directly to the public by the US Mint for a price significantly above any sort of melt value associated with them.
Both series take their designs from a third US Mint series, the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. As such, the obverse of each coin in all three programs contains the John Flanagan portrait of George Washington seen on quarters, with minor variations, since 1932.
The reverse of this Acadia Coin depicts a scene emblematic of the national park of Maine. The US Mint describes the reverse design with:
"The reverse... depicts a view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and Acadia's rough coastline. Inscriptions are ACADIA, MAINE, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Associate Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna."
Maximum mintage for the uncirculated coin is listed by the US Mint as 25,000. Each coin is encapsulated and ships in a presentation box along with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Orders for the Acadia Silver Uncirculated Coin may be placed directly with the US Mint (once available) at the website of http://www.usmint.gov/catalog and by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).