Silver enthusiasts have a valuable collectable to look out for with the third United States Mint quarter release in 2017. The numismatic or collector coin is the 38th issue from the U.S. Mint’s program of America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins and features a reverse design celebrating Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri.
The southern part of Missouri is dotted with picturesque mountains, dense forests, and incredible plateaus, which are known as the Ozarks. The Current and Jack Fork Rivers has around 134 miles making up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The river system has been preserved since 1964 and is featured with natural wonders and over 100 structures. One of the 100 historic structures in this national site is the Alley Mill, a steel roller mill which was built in 1894. The mill today stands as a tourist destination.
The historic Alley Mill is depicted on the coin’s reverse and is designed by designer Richard Masters and sculpted by sculptor Renata Gordon. The same design is also reported to be appearing on the Ozark Riverways quarter. The obverse depicts a portrait of first President of the United States, George Washington, which was created by John Flanagan, and is designed by mint engraver Ron Sanders with the sculpting done by Gordon. The five-ounce coins have smooth edges with lettering of 999 Fine Silver 5.0 Ounce which denotes the content and purity.
Silver Coin Highlights
- Thickness: 0.165 inches (4.19 mm)
- Diameter: 3 inches (76.2 mm)
- Weight (troy oz): 5
- Composition: .999 Silver
- Face value: Quarter ($0.25)
- Mint Mark: P-Philadelphia\
- Finish: Uncirculated
In early June, the 25-cent piece was released into circulation and is currently available in the U.S. Mint rolls, bags, and other collector products.