Today, August 2, 2012, the U.S. Mint made available its latest product for coin collectors, the 2012-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle. While not the final product of the year to feature an Eagle, it is the last of the five different 2012 American Silver Eagles.
This collectible coin is produced from specially burnished blanks and is most similar to the bullion version which had sales of 19.67 million at the end of July. Each uncirculated coin carries the "W" mint mark to denote its production at the U.S. Mint facility in West Point.
All types of American Silver Eagles share the same design. The obverse features the celebrated Walking Liberty design that Adolph A. Weinman created for the half dollar which circulated from 1916 to 1947. The reverse depicts a design by John Mercanti of a heraldic eagle with shield, an olive branch in the right talon and arrows in the left.
Ordering and Price
Anyone can purchase 2012-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagles simply by visiting the U.S. Mint website found here. There are no household order limits or specified mintage limits.
Containing 1 troy ounce of 99.9% fine silver, the uncirculated coin’s price is $45.95.
The price was published when silver was around $27 an ounce, which means the coin’s price is subject to change if silver prices change significantly.
Five Different Coins in 2012
As mentioned, the coin is the last of the five for this year. The first one was the bullion Eagle that went on sale January 3, 2012.
In addition to today’s release of the uncirculated, the other three collector versions with a 2012 date are:
- 2012-W Proof American Silver Eagles – released on April 12
- 2012-S Proof American Silver Eagles – released on June 7 within the San Francisco Two-Coin Proof Set
- 2012-S Reverse Proof American Silver Eagles – released on June 7 within the San Francisco Two-Coin Proof Set
Two upcoming coin sets will also include a 2012 Silver Eagle.
The Making American History Coin and Currency Set is scheduled with a release date of August 7, 2012 at a price of $72.95. It includes a 2012-S Proof American Eagle Silver and a Series 2009 $5 Lincoln bill. The set commemorates the BEP’s 150th anniversary and the U.S. Mint’s 220 years of service.
Then on September 6, 2012 the U.S. Mint will release the 2012 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set at a yet undetermined price. It will include a 2012-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle, each of the four 2012 Presidential dollars and the 2012 Native American dollar.
To keep track of how many coins or sets are ordered by collectors, visit this site’s page on American Silver Eagle sales.