El Yunque in Puerto Rico is the first release in 2012 of the U.S. Mint's popular America the Beautiful Silver coin series. This is the burnished version of the coin graded a perfect SP-70 by NGC with the Early Release designation.
- Contains 5 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Graded a perfect SP-70 by NGC.
- Early Release designation guarantees the coin to be struck within the first 30 days of production.
- Beautiful burnished, vapor-blasted finish.
- Obverse: Portrait of George Washington originally designed by John Flanagan, with the inscriptions of "United States of America", "Liberty", "In God We Trust" and "Quarter Dollar".
- Reverse: Coqui Tree Frog and a Puerto Rican Parrot with tropical foliage surrounded by "El Yunque," "Puerto Rico," "E Pluribus Unum" and the date.
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These coins are sought after by investors for their .999 fine Silver content, and demanded by collectors for their artistic value. Add this attractive 5 oz Silver America The Beautiful coin to your collection today!
El Yunque, formerly known as Luquillo National Forest and Caribbean National Forest is only 28,000 acres and is the only tropical rainforest in the United States Forest System. The forest was originally protected by King Alfonso XII of Spain which makes it one of the oldest protected areas in the West. Under the name Luquillo Forest Reserve, it was established on January 17, 1903. Today, over 200 species of trees and plants thrive there, 23 of which are indigenous.
The reverse depicts a Coqui Tree Frog and a Puerto Rican Parrot with tropical foliage in the background. The Puerto Rican Parrot is an endangered species unique to Puerto Rico.
In 2010, the United States Mint launched the America The Beautiful Quarter series, the mint’s first-ever 5 ounce coin and their largest Silver bullion coin to-date. The new quarter series includes a total of 56 quarter-dollar coins, each with a design of a National Park or National Site from one of the 50 states, five U.S. Territories and Washington D.C. The obverse design of each 5 oz Silver America The Beautiful coin duplicates the design of the America the Beautiful clad quarters used in circulation, except in greater detail. The mint makes two versions of the America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver coin: a Bullion version with a shiny prooflike finish made for investors and an Uncirculated, or Burnished, version with a matte-like finish made for collectors. The Burnished version features the "P" mintmark for the Philadelphia Mint and includes a U.S. Mint box and certificate of authenticity. The Bullion version does not have a mintmark and comes in a plastic capsule with no certificate of authenticity. The Bullion versions have higher mintages and are available to the public only through authorized bullion dealers like APMEX, while the Uncirculated versions have much lower mintages and are available through the U.S. Mint directly, as well as retailers like APMEX.
All America The Beautiful 5 oz Silver coins have the same obverse of George Washington in a restored version of the portrait created by John Flanagan for the 1932 Washington Quarter. The reverse of each America The Beautiful Quarter includes an individual design for each National Park or National Site. Unlike the reeded edge of the normal quarter coins in circulation, the America The Beautiful Silver bullion coins have a smooth edge inscribed with the coin specifications: .999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE.
The America The Beautiful program is authorized by Congress under Title II of the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.