The United States Mint yesterday, Thursday, January 12, 2012, released the 2011 Vicksburg Silver Uncirculated Coin. These strikes feature a reverse design emblematic of Vicksburg National Military Park located in the state of Mississippi and are available now for $204.95, plus the US Mint's standard shipping and handling charge.
The 2011 Vicksburg Silver Uncirculated Coin is the fourth 2011-dated strike in the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin series. This coin also marks the ninth in the program overall which debuted with five 2010-dated releases.
Each coin of the program is struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver with a large diameter of three inches. The silver uncirculated coins are considered the numismatic versions of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Bullion Coins, which themselves are considered large versions of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Both five ounce silver coin series feature similar specifications but the bullion coins are struck for investors and sold through the Mint's network of authorized purchasers whereas the uncirculated coins are struck for collectors and initially sold directly to the public by the US Mint.
Other than their intended markets and method of distribution, the two series are nearly identical. The only exception is the inclusion of a 'P' mintmark on the obverse of the uncirculated coins indicating they were struck at the US Mint's facility in Philadelphia.
Vicksburg Silver Uncirculated Coin Designs
Shown on the obverse of the Vicksburg Silver Uncirculated Coin is a portrait of George Washington. This image of the first President of the United States is also seen on the obverse of all of the circulating America the Beautiful Quarters and has been used on quarter dollars, with some minor variations, since 1932. Surrounding the portrait are the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.
The reverse of the coin contains the design emblematic of Vicksburg National Military Park. This reverse depicts the USS Cairo as it would have appeared when steaming on the Yazoo River during the American Civil War. Reverse inscriptions include VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
An edge inscription on each coin indicates their weight and fineness with 999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.
America the Beautiful Silver Uncirculated Coin Mintages
The America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins have proved popular with collectors. The first five strikes (dated 2010) of the series featured maximum mintages of just 27,000 and achieved a sell-out status.
2011-dated strikes, like the Vicksburg Silver Uncirculated Coin, feature a larger mintage of 35,000. Currently, the three previously released 2011-dated strikes are still available from the US Mint including the Gettysburg Silver Uncirculated Coin, the Glacier Silver Uncirculated Coin and the Olympic Silver Uncirculated Coin.
Orders for all of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins still available may be placed by calling the US Mint at 1-800-USA-MINT or via the Mint's online store of http://catalog.usmint.gov.