NGC Recognizes New Variety of 2010-P Grand Canyon 5 Ounce Specimen Issue
Posted on 7/20/2011
The first variety in the America the Beautiful five ounce silver coin series has been discovered and will now be recognized by NGC. The variety designated “Light Finish” by NGC, is so far seen only on the 2010-P Grand Canyon Specimen issues.
Two distinct surface finishes of the 2010-P Grand Canyon Specimens have been observed: coins with the regular coarse matte finish and coins that have a slightly reflective satin finish. The latter type, designated “Light Finish” by NGC, is distinct from both the bullion version and the standard collector version. This hybrid type is easily identified—it has the same “P” mintmark as the other Specimen issues, but its surfaces are not granular and are more lustrous. The Light Finish coins are also dissimilar from the fully brilliant surfaces of the bullion issue.
It is not known how many of the 27,000 Grand Canyon Specimens struck by the Mint are the Light Finish variety. It is believed that the majority are of the standard matte finish.
Collectors can submit their 2010-P Light Finish Grand Canyon five ounce coins under the VarietyPlus service for designation on the holder. On the submission form check the box for VarietyPlus under the Service Category and then further down on the form under “Variety” check “VarietyPlus” and write “Light Finish” in the blank area. The fee for VarietyPlus designation is the chosen tier fee plus $10.
Questions should be directed to NGC customer service at service@NGCcoin.com or 1-800-NGC-COIN (642-2646).