Available beginning today, July 25, 2013, at Noon (Eastern) from the United States Mint is the 2013 Great Basin Silver Uncirculated Coin. This coin is issued by the US Mint as the third 2013-dated strike of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ series.
Shown on the reverse of the coin is a design emblematic of Great Basin National Park located in the state of Nevada. Each coin is struck to uncirculated quality from five ounces of .999 fine silver.
Great Basin National Park was established as a national park on October 27, 1986. However, portions of the area were federally protected long before that date including Lehman Caves National Monument which was created on January 24, 1922.
The national site is the eighteenth to be featured in the US Mint's America the Beautiful related programs. These programs include circulating quarter dollars, five ounce silver bullion coins and these five ounce silver uncirculated coins.
All of the related programs showcase the same basic obverse and reverse imagery. This includes an obverse portrait of George Washington, by John Flanagan. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
The reverse of this coin contains the design emblematic of Great Basin National Park. The design includes the image of a single bristle cone pine tree shown in its natural rocky glacial moraines surroundings. Reverse inscriptions include GREAT BASIN, NEVADA, 2013 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Mintage of the coin is set at a maximum of 25,000. Each will be initially sold directly to the public from the US Mint. This differs from the related bullion coin which is sold through the Mint's network of authorized purchasers.
Another point of interest, the bullion coins are sold for a small premium above the current melt value of the five ounces of silver in each. These uncirculated coins are considered numismatic releases and thus carry a much higher premium.
Currently, the US Mint indicates the 2013 Great Basin Silver Uncirculated Coin will be sold for $154.95. This pricing is subject to change based on significant silver market fluctuations.
Orders will be accepted via the Mint's online catalog at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).