The 2011 Vicksburg National Military Park Silver Uncirculated Coins feature a reverse design honoring the military park found in the state of Mississippi. The silver uncirculated coin is the fourth of five to appear in 2011 as part of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Series.
The silver uncirculated coins are struck from five ounces of silver and feature other specifications that make them very similar to the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins, also from the US Mint. Both series feature a diameter of three inches and contain reverse designs emblematic of selected sites of national interest from around the United States and its territories.
The defining difference between the Vicksburg Silver Uncirculated Coins and the Vicksburg Silver bullion coins is the fact that the uncirculated versions are struck for collectors whereas the bullion options are intended for investors. In addition to the different finish, the uncirculated coins also features a ‘P’ mintmark denoting their production at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia. No mintmark is present on the bullion coins, although they are also minted in Philadelphia.
2011 Vicksburg Silver Uncirculated Coin Values
Vicksburg Silver Uncirculated Coins, like the others in the series, have three values associated with them — face, intrinsic and numismatic.
The face value is $.25 and is based on the fact that the United States government considers them legal tender. As such, each is worth a quarter of a dollar for use in everyday transactions, were someone be foolish enough to use one for commerce.
The intrinsic value of the coins refers to their five ounces of .999 silver. They will always be worth a melt value approximately equal to the current market price of those five ounces.
Third, collectors will be interested in the coin giving it a numismatic value. This is the price another collector would be willing to pay. That prices goes up or down based on the coin’s rarity and condition. An uncirculated coin with few or no discernable marks will typically be worth more than one that is all scratched up. Also, one slabbed and graded highly by an independent grading service would also likely fetch a higher premium than one not graded. Demand for the coin is also a component.
Vicksburg Silver Uncirculated Coin Information
Vicksburg National Military Park of Mississippi is featured on the reverse of these coins. The image depicts the Civil War era gunboat USS Cairo as it would have appeared steaming down the Yazoo River. The Cairo was recovered and partially rebuilt and is currently on display at Vicksburg. The design is the work of AIP Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and was sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
Vicksburg was initially established by the War Department on February 21, 1899 to "commemorate the siege and defense of Vicksburg." Management of the park was transferred to the National Park Service in 1933.
John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington is shown on the obverse of all of the America the Beautiful Coins. It was initially used on the circulating 1932 quarter dollar and has appeared on the quarter in one form or another ever since.
Up to date sales figures for coins of this series may be obtained on the silver coins sales page.
|Composition:||999 Fine Silver|
|Minting Facility:||Philadelphia (P)|
|Obverse Design:||Portrait of George Washington|
|Obverse Designer:||John Flanagan|
|Reverse Design:||Civil War era gunboat USS Cairo|
|Reverse Designer:||Thomas Cleveland / Joseph Menna|