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Why purchase this perfectly graded First Day of Issue 2018-P 5 oz. Silver Block Island Specimen Quarter?
Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, located off the coast of mainland Rhode Island, is honored on the 45th release of the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful quarters series. Minted in Philadelphia, this 2018 dated coin is struck from 5 Troy oz. of .999 fine silver with a satiny specimen finish. According to the PCGS population report only 1 of these 2018-P Block Island 5 oz. ATBs had been graded in the always coveted Specimen 70 condition with a First Day of Issue designation in our exclusive Mercanti signed label. Have you ever wanted to have the one and only version of a coin in your collection? Now you can!
Stunning Wildlife Refuge Design by Chris Costello and Phebe Hemphill
A black-crowned night-heron is depicted on the reverse, flying above Cow Cove with the historic North Lighthouse at Sandy Point in the background. Inscribed "RHODE ISLAND," "BLOCK ISLAND," "2018" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."
The obverse features the left facing portrait of George Washington sculpted by John Flanagan in 1932. Inscribed "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "P" and "QUARTER DOLLAR." The smooth edge is inscribed with purity, content and weight.
First Day of Issue Specimen 70 with Mercanti Signed Commemorative Label
Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) awarded this 2018-P Block Island 5 oz. Silver America the Beautiful Coin the perfect grade of Specimen 70. The coin is encapsulated in a PCGS holder with a First Day of Issue label, indicating that the coin was submitted to the grading service within twenty-four hours of its release. The coin's Beautiful Parks series certification label is signed by John Mercanti, the U.S. Mint's 12th Chief Engraver.
This pristine 2018-P America the Beautiful Block Island 5 oz. silver specimen quarter with a hand signed label belongs in your collection!
|Year of Issue:||2018|
|Release Type:||First Day of Issue|
|Label/Signature:||Beautiful Parks Series Mercanti Signed Label|
|Display Weight:||5 oz|
|Weight in Grams:||155.517 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||5 oz|
|Legal Tender:||United States|
|Obverse Design:||George Washington bust facing left|
|Reverse Design:||Night Heron over Cow Cove|
|Reverse Designer/Engraver:||John Flanagan|
|Obverse Designer/Engraver:||Chris Costello|
Phebe Hemphill is a prolific American medallic sculptor and designer who has been on the sculpting-engraving staff of the United States Mint since 2006.
If you’ve been collecting coins for any length of time, then chances are you’ve seen certified specimens with labels signed by someone associated with the US Mint. Who are these people? Why would anyone want their signature? What can their signature add to your collection? Today, we’ll take a look at 3 of the most significant US Mint associates who sign labels.