Silver Five Ounces 2012 El Yunque National Forest, Coin from United States - detailed information

Silver Five Ounces 2012 El Yunque National Forest, Coin from United States
CoinSilver Five Ounces 2012 El Yunque National Forest

This coin is part of the America the Beautiful silver bullion coins (abbreviated ATB) - a series of 56 silver bullion coins with a face value of a quarter dollar. The coins in the series contain 5oz (five troy ounces) of silver, making them the largest silver bullion coins issued to date by the United States Mint. The design of the coins duplicates exactly - though much enlarged - each of the America the Beautiful quarters. They were issued from 2010 to 2021.

All coins in the series feature a common obverse depicting George Washington in a restored version of the portrait created by John Flanagan for the 1932 Washington quarter, while the reverses feature five individual designs for each year of the program (one in 2021), each depicting a national park or national site - one from each state, federal district, and territory.

The El Yunque National Forest quarter design is the first to be released in 2012 and the eleventh overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program; it was released on 23 January 2012 and represents Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States.

El Yunque National Forest, located in Puerto Rico, is the sole tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. Despite the forest’s relatively small 28,000-acre size, it is significant for its immense biodiversity and is popular with visitors for its year-round tropical climate. More than 1 million visitors from all over the world visit the forest each year to sample its eco-tourism pleasures while developing a greater understanding of its ecological importance by walking along the many beautiful trails. It was first established as a national site on January 17, 1903 (32 Stat. 2029).

MintMint markTotal Mintage
Philadelphia Mint No mint mark 24,000
Philadelphia Mint (P) Letter P 17,314
Obverse
United States / Silver Five Ounces 2012 El Yunque National Forest - obverse photo

At its centre, the obverse of the coin shows the portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States (1789 - 1797), facing left. He has long hear, tied below the neck with a ribbon.

The designer's initials JF (for John Flanagan) are in relief on the neck truncation.

To the left of the portrait, the inscription LIBERTY. On three lines to the right, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.

Around above, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Around below, the value and denomination in words: QUARTER DOLLAR.

Ordinary "bullion" coins have no mint mark; those of the "uncirculated" variety have the Philadelphia Mint's P mint mark behind George Washington's neck.

Obverse Inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTER DOLLAR
Reverse
United States / Silver Five Ounces 2012 El Yunque National Forest - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a Coqui tree frog sitting on a leaf and a Puerto Rican parrot behind an epiphyte plant, with tropical flora in the background. The Puerto Rican parrot is a highly endangered species unique to Puerto Rico, and its recovery began with the few birds left in El Yunque.

Around above, the inscription EL YUNQUE. Around below left, PUERTO RICO.

The initials of the designer GW (for Gary Whitley) are on the leaf below left; the initials of the sculptor, MG (for Michael Gaudioso), are on the base of the plant below right.

The date of issue 2012 is below, followed by the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM ("Out of many, one" - signifying unity in diversity).

Reverse Inscription EL YUNQUE PUERTO RICO 2012 E PLURIBUS UNUM
EdgePlain, incuse inscribedEdge Inscription.999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE
Notes

Mintage comprised of 24,000 bullion and 17,314 uncirculated coins.
Authorising Legislation: Public Law 110-456.
U.S. Mint Item Number: NQ0.

See also

A much smaller copper-nickel coin with the same design was issued into circulation as a circulating commemorative quarter dollar.

Silver Five Ounces 2012 El Yunque National Forest: Known varieties
Variety Uncirculated
Images United States / Silver Five Ounces 2012 El Yunque National Forest / Uncirculated - obverse photo United States / Silver Five Ounces 2012 El Yunque National Forest / Uncirculated - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 17,314 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in individual capsule and presentation box, with Certificate of Authenticity.

The coins were vapour blasted (burnished) after minting, giving them a matte finish. There is a mint mark on the obverse, distinguishing them from the bullion coins which do not have a mint mark.

Silver Five Ounces 2012 El Yunque National Forest: References to Information Used
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Silver Five Ounces 2012 El Yunque National Forest: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Five Ounces (5 oz) America the Beautiful
Issued2012
PortraitGeorge Washington
Face Value25 (x Cent)
Total Mintage41,314
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerGary Whitley, Michael Gaudioso
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size76.2000 mm
Thickness3.2500 mm
Mass155.5170 g
OCC IDNXYD-ENZC-QDBN-EVRB
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El Yunque National Forest Quarter Silver 5oz Uncirculated
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Silver Five Ounces 2012 El Yunque National Forest: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsUnited States KM# 536