2012 El Yunque America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin (US Mint images)

2012 El Yunque Silver Bullion Coins

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

General Coin Information

The 2012 El Yunque Silver Bullion Coin will mark the first 2012-dated release of the US Mint's America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program. Like other strikes of the series, this coin will be composed of five ounces of .999 fine silver with a diameter of three inches and feature a reverse emblematic of a selected site of national interest - in this case El Yunque National Forest of Puerto Rico.

Fifty-six coins will be struck in this silver bullion series as required by the authorizing legislation (Public Law 110-456). That legislation also created a series of circulating quarter dollars which has been named by the Mint as the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Both series of coins will feature similar imagery including an obverse portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Both will also feature releases rates of five per year from their inaugural issues in 2010 until the final strikes appear in 2021.

The reverse of this coin honors El Yunque National Forest which was originally established as Luquillo Forest Reserve on January 17, 1903. In 1935, the area took on the name of Caribbean National Forest only to be changed again in 2007 to its current title of El Yunque which better reflects what locals know the area as.

Obverse Design

Inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR should be found on the obverse. They surround the obverse portrait of George Washington originally designed by John Flanagan.

Reverse Design

Shown on the reverse of the coin is a design emblematic of El Yunque including some of the dense plant life known to exist there. Creatures of the forest are also represented with the inclusion of a Coqui tree frog and a Puerto Rican parrot. Reverse Inscriptions include EL YUNQUE, PUERTO RICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Gary Whitley and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.

Edge Inscription

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

El Yunque 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: Gary Whitley / Michael Gaudioso

 

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