2012 Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin (US Mint images)

2012 Chaco Culture Silver Bullion Coins

2012 Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin (US Mint images)
2012 Chaco Culture America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin, click to enlarge

General Coin Information

Released as the second 2012 issue of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program will be the 2012 Chaco Culture Silver Bullion Coin. Shown on the reverse of the strike will be a design emblematic of Chaco Culture National Historical Park located in the state of New Mexico.

Each Chaco Culture Silver Bullion Coin will be struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver with a diameter of three inches like other strikes in the series. The bullion coins all feature designs originally created for the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters® Program as required by the authorizing legislation of both series - America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008. That act also requires both series to feature five new strikes annually from their debut in 2010 until the final of fifty-six new strikes has been released in 2021.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park was initially created on March 11, 1907 as a national monument to help protect one of the best and most dense examples of ancient pueblos in North America. The site consists of 33,977.8 acres today located between Albuquerque and Farmington.

Obverse Design

The obverse of each coin in the series (as well as the associated quarter dollars) all contain the same portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The portrait was originally designed by John Flanagan and has been seen on the quarters in one form or another since 1932. Obverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

Reverse Design

The reverse of the coin contains the design emblematic of Chaco Culture National Historical Park by depicting two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex along with the north wall of Chetro Ketl and the north wall of the canyon. The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill and also includes the inscriptions of CHACO CULTURE, NEW MEXICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Edge Inscription

The edge inscription of this coin is "999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE."

Chaco Culture Silver Bullion Coin Specifications

Mint: United States Mint
Mintmark: none
Finish/Condition: bullion
Metal Content: 99.9% silver
Weight: 5.0 ounces
Diameter: 3 inches
Edge: Edge Lettering
Mintage: tbd
Face Value: $.25
Obverse Design: John Flanagan
Reverse Design: Donna Weaver / Phebe Hemphill

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