Thursday, January 12, 2012

Vicksburg National Military Park 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Launched

The Vicksburg National Military Park five ounce silver uncirculated coin has been launched. The first one went on sale for $204.95 on Thursday 12th January 2012.

This is the forth 2011 uncirculated 2011 coin and the ninth in the overall 'America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™' series.

These are quite massive coins and production was delayed by the mint due to production difficulties.

According to CoinNews.net, "The Vicksburg silver uncirculated coin commemorates the national military park located in the state of Mississippi, which is just one of the fifty-six national sites honored in the America the Beautiful coin series between 2010 and 2021."

The 2011-P Vicksburg National Military Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin may be ordered directly from the United States Mint either from their website or by calling the mint directly.

Specifications of the silver coin:
Composition: .999 fine silver
Size: 3.0 inch diameter
Weight: 5 ounces
Thickness: 0.16 thickness
Edge letterings: .99 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE
Mintage: 35,000
Designer: Master Designer Thomas Cleveland
Sculpture-Engraver: Joseph Menna

Obverse and reverse are the same as the Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter. i.e., the uncirculated coin has a reverse or tails side featuring the U.S.S. Cairo warship on the Yazoo River as it would have appeared during the Civil War. The obverse design bears John Flanagan's 1932 portrait of George Washington.

Point of interest. Each coin in the series is given an uncirculated finish and a 'P' mint mark of the United States Mint facility in Philadelphia.

The outer packaging holding the encapsulated coin within is black and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

The first five uncirculated coins in this series honored as follows:
Hot Springs National Park, AR (Sold Out)
Yellowstone National Park, WY (Sold Out)
Yosemite National Park, CA (Sold Out)
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ (Sold Out)
Mount Hood National Forest (sold out on January 11, 2012)

Three of the five 2011-dated uncirculated coins have been launch already with the Chickasaw 5 ounce uncirculated coin following in the first week of February 2012.

The 2011 uncirculated coins Honor:
Gettysburg National Military Park, PA (17,145 of 35,000)
Glacier National Park, MT (14,407 of 35,000)
Olympic National Park, WA (11,260 of 35,000)
Vicksburg National Military Park, MS (newest release)
Chickasaw National Recreation Area, OK (coming in February)
Sales figures listed above are current as of Monday, January 9 2012.

It is noteworthy that these bullion coins are primarily intended for investors and differ from the collector strike launched today. However, the bullion issues do not have the special finish of the uncirculated coin and are also mint mark-free.

The Vicksburg National Military Park 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin would make an excellent addition to any silver collector and, with the price as it is a good time to buy silver.

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