2017-P Frederick Douglass 5 Ounce Silver Coins for Collectors

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site of Washington, D.C. is honored on a five-ounce silver coin released Tuesday, May 2, by the United States Mint.

2017-P Frederick Douglass Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

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This collector coin is the second 2017-dated issue from the U.S. Mint’s series of America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins and the thirty-seventh overall. It follows the 2017 Effigy Mounds silver coin, which was introduced in March. Coins of the series are made at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia, bearing a ‘P’ mint mark and 3-inch diameter, from 5 troy ounces of 99.9% pure silver.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site was established in 1962 to preserve the home and legacy of Frederick Douglass, who was an abolitionist, civil rights advocate, author, and statesman.

Coin Design

The silver coin’s reverse or tails side design, created by Thomas Hipschen, portrays Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, D.C., in the background. Phebe Hemphill sculpted the artwork for use on coins. The design first appeared on the Frederick Douglass quarter, which launched into circulation on April 3, 2017. It and the five ounce coin have reverse inscriptions of FREDERICK DOUGLASS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, 2017, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Obverses (heads side) of America the Beautiful coins share John Flanagan’s portrait of George Washington and surrounding inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

Quarters bear reeded edges while edges of 5-ounce silver coins are smooth with lettering of “.999 FINE SILVER 5.0 OUNCE" to denote their composition and weight.

Silver Coin Specifications

Face Value Quarter – $0.25
Composition .999 Silver
Weight (troy oz) 5
Diameter 3 inches (76.2 mm)
Thickness 0.165 inch (4.19 mm)
Finish Uncirculated
Edge Lettered
Mint Mark P – Philadelphia
Obverse Design John Flanagan
Reverse Design Richard Masters / Renata Gordon


Price, Ordering and Mintage

The 2017-P Frederick Douglass Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is available for $149.95 from this U.S. Mint product page.

The mintage for the silver coin is set at 25,000.

Bullion Version

A similar 5-ounce bullion silver coin has been available since April 3, 2017. It shares the same designs and major specifications as the collector uncirculated version but lacks a mintmark and has a brilliant finish. U.S. Mint sales of the bullion coin now total 18,400.

Intended for investors, the U.S. Mint does not sell bullion coins directly to the public. Instead, they are released through a network of authorized purchasers for a small premium above their melt values. The coins are currently available for about $15 over their silver value, with discounts available when buying higher quantities.

2017 Five Ounce Silver Coins

Five different America the Beautiful designs launch annually. For 2017, the celebrated sites include:

  • Effigy Mounds National Monument of Iowa
  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site of District of Columbia
  • Ozark National Scenic Riverways of Missouri
  • Ellis Island National Monument of New Jersey
  • George Rogers Clark National Historical of Indiana

The next three silver coins in the 5-ounce series debut in intervals throughout the year.

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