Fans of the Uncirculated Five-Ounce silver coins should mark their calendars for Sept. 18. On Sept. 18 at noon EST, the United States Mint is releasing the Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve 2020 Uncirculated Five-Ounce silver coin. This coin is the third release of 2020 in the America the Beautiful quarters program and is minted at the Philadelphia mint.
Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve is a living museum on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1992, Congress created Salt River Bay as part of the National Park Service to preserve, protect, and tell the story of its important contributions to the nation’s natural and cultural heritage.
The reverse design depicts a red mangrove tree in an early stage of its life cycle. This design brings awareness to the park’s endangered mangrove forests and the unique and delicate nature of how the species reproduces in saltwater. Inscriptions are “SALT RIVER BAY,” “U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
The coin is composed of 99.9 percent silver, weighs 5 troy ounces, and has a diameter of 3 inches along with a reeded edge. Mintage limit at the time of this writing is 20,000 and there is no product or household limit. The cost is $178.25 and can be ordered through the United States Mint’s website at catalog.usmint.gov. Phone ordering is unavailable at this time due to the pandemic.