2012-W Proof American Silver Eagle

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The United States Mint released the 2012-W Proof American Silver Eagle for sale beginning at Noon (Eastern) on April 12, 2012. Each was initially priced at $59.95 plus the US Mint’s standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95 per order.

Sales of the standard 2012 Proof Silver Eagle proved quite high in the first few days of availability. In fact, the US Mint recorded orders for an average of nearly 60,000 per day in the first five days for a total of 299,539.

At release, the United States Mint indicated that sales would determine the final mintage implying a mintage cap was not in place. No maximum mintage was indicated with the previous year’s version either but a sell-out occurred at 850,000 individual coins (another 100,000 was sold as part of the immensely popular 25th Anniversary American Silver Eagle Set).

Like all previous Silver Eagles (including this proof series and the related bullion and uncirculated series), each 2012 Proof Silver Eagle is struck from one ounce of .999 fine silver. The obverse design features "Walking Liberty" by Adolph A. Weinman while the reverse showcases a heraldic eagle with shield design by US Mint engraver John Mercanti. The "Walking Liberty" image was first seen on the 1916-1947 half dollar coin and is considered by many as one of the most beautiful designs ever to be struck on an American coin.

Production for the standard 2012 Proof Silver Eagle was handled by the US Mint’s facility in West Point. A "W" mintmark indicating that facility is located on the reverse design to the bottom left of the eagle.

2012 Proof Silver Eagle Mintages

A final mintage for the 2012-W Proof American Silver Eagle will be determined by the United States Mint after the final closing of sales. The initial price point of $59.95 may be adjusted periodically based on recent silver market conditions.

Bullion Silver Eagle demand also is high in 2012 with sales of over 10 million in the first three months of the year.

2012-W Proof American Silver Eagles on Sale

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