2006-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle

in Uncirculated Silver Eagles

In 2006, the United States Mint debuted a new series of the American Silver Eagle Program. The 2006-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle was the first strike released as part of this new series.

The new variety was issued during a twentieth anniversary celebration of the Silver Eagle Program which dates back to 1986. Since 1986, the US Mint had been releasing both Bullion Silver Eagles and Proof Silver Eagles with the bullion coins intended for investors and the proof coins meant for collectors.

Collectors were also the intended purchasers for the new Uncirculated Silver Eagles which were (and are) sold directly to the public by the US Mint like their proof counterparts. This differs from the Bullion Silver Eagles which are sold through a network of authorized purchasers.

The finish of the Uncirculated Silver Eagles is described by the US Mint with:

The term “uncirculated” refers to the specialized minting process used to create these coins. Although they are similar in appearance to American Eagle Bullion Coins, these new uncirculated coins are distinguished by the presence of a mint mark, indicating their production facility, and by the use of burnished coin blanks, which are hand-fed into specially-adapted coining presses one at a time.

Obverse and reverse imagery of the Uncirculated Silver Eagles is identical to the bullion and proof coins and includes Adolph A. Weinman’s "Walking Liberty" design on the obverse. The design itself first debuted on the 1916-1947 half dollar coin with many considering it to be one of the most beautiful ever struck on an American coin. The reverse shows a heraldic Eagle with shield image as designed by US Mint engraver John Mercanti.

Specifications for the coin also are identical to the proof and bullion versions (with the exception of their finish). This includes a diameter of 40.60mm and a composition of .999 fine silver.

Each 2006-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle was struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point. A ‘W’ mintmark indicating that facility is located on the reverse of the coin making them easily distinguishable from the bullion Eagles which have no mintmark.

2006 Silver Eagle Mintages

According to the United States Mint, a total of 466,573 of the 2006-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagles were sold to the public. Each had an initial price point of $19.95 attached to it which was $8 lower per coin than charged for the 2006 Proof Silver Eagles.

For comparison purposes, the US Mint recorded a total of 843,602 individual 2006 Proof Silver Eagles sold with another 248,875 sold as part of a special 20th Anniversary Set. The US Mint also recorded a total of 10,676,522 of the bullion Silver Eagles sold with silver averaging $11.55 an ounce in 2006.

2006-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagles on Sale

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