The 2013 White Mountain National Forest Silver Uncirculated Coins were the first 2013-dated release of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Five Ounce Uncirculated Coin Program. This specific coin honors the national forest found in the state of New Hampshire with a reverse design emblematic of that location and are struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver like all silver uncirculated coins in the series. The coin was released for sale to the public on May 16, 2013 with a maximum mintage of 25,000.
The US Mint created this series as collector versions of its America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™ Program. The two series are relatively identical aside from these uncirculated coins featuring the uncirculated finish which typically has more detail than will be found on the bullion strikes. Also, these collector grade strikes feature a ‘P’ mintmark indicating they were struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia. The bullion coins are also struck in Philadelphia but contain no mintmark.
These Silver Uncirculated Coins will also look familiar to another strike that the general public may be more familiar with, the White Mountain America the Beautiful Quarter. However, whereas the US Mint will likely strike millions of the quarters for general circulation, these much larger silver uncirculated coins feature a much more limited mintage.
2013 White Mountain Silver Uncirculated Coin Values
The White Mountain Silver Uncirculated Coins only have a face value of twenty-five cents. That is because despite these coins being struck with five ounces of silver, they are based on the associated quarter and thus feature the same face value as that quarter.
However, the inclusion of that much precious metal in each strike also means these coins have an intrinsic melt value. The melt value of each strike is approximately the same as that amount of silver on the open market and can be seen on this Coin Values Page once the strikes are released.
Finally, the White Mountain Silver Uncirculated Coins also have a numismatic value associated with them. This is the value that a collector would be willing to pay to obtain the strike. This value also typically increases with the rarity of the strike and will also significantly improve if the specific coin in question is relatively free from scratches and other undesirable marks.
White Mount Silver Uncirculated Coin Information
Shown on the obverse of each 2013 White Mountain Silver Uncirculated Coin is a portrait of George Washington. In fact, this image of the first President of the United States is featured on the obverse of all of the America the Beautiful related strikes and was originally designed by John Flanagan.
The reverse of this silver uncirculated coin showcases a design emblematic of White Mountain National Forest, found in the state of New Hampshire. The design of the associated quarter dollar was described by the United States Mint with:
"The reverse design depicts Mt. Chocorua, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range, framed by birch trees. It is an iconic view of the White Mountain National Forest system lands. Inscriptions are WHITE MOUNTAIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 2013, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill."
|Composition:||999 Fine Silver|
|Minting Facility:||Philadelphia (P)|
|Obverse Design:||Portrait of George Washington|
|Obverse Designer:||John Flanagan|
|Reverse Design:||View of Mt. Chocorua|
|Reverse Designer:||Phebe Hemphill|