Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Mintages
The United States Mint in 2006 started selling Uncirculated American Silver Eagle coins that were struck specifically for coin collectors. Unlike their silver bullion counterparts, these "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," the Mint states on its Web site.
While not as popular with collectors as the proof versions which first debuted in 1986, the uncirculated American Silver Eagle has enjoyed solid sales. Most of these Eagles minted since 2006 feature a "W" mint mark, representing their production at the West Point Mint. In 2011 and for the first time, the United States Mint also struck uncirculated Eagles that had a "S" mint mark denoting their origin at the San Francisco Mint. These were within the 25th Anniversary American Silver Eagle Set which commemorated the series.
No uncirculated Silver Eagles were produced in 2009, as the United States Mint canceled them (and the proof versions) as a result of a limited supply of silver coin blanks and the unprecedented demand for the bullion versions. The Mint also did not strike the coins in 2010. After the two-year hiatus, they reappeared in September 2011. The following are the latest available mintage figures as published by the Mint.
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The uncirculated American Silver Eagle made its debut during the 20th anniversary of the Eagle program in year 2006. As such, the coin was sold individually (+198,553), within a 20th Anniversary American Silver Eagle Three-Coin Set (+248,875), and also within the 20th Anniversary 2 Coin Gold & Silver Set (+19,145). When all the mintages are added together, the total comes to 466,573 which is shown in the table above.
In year 2007, the coin was sold individually (+621,333) and within the 2007 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set (last published Mint sales were at +88,966). Likewise, In year 2008, it was sold individually (+436,702) and within the 2008 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set (last published Mint sales were at +98,896). As mintages for the Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set for both years have not been published as official, the uncirculated American Silver Eagle mintages in the table above for years 2007 and 2008 are approximations.
The United States Mint continues to sell the 2011-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle. As a note, the 2011-dated 25th Anniversary American Silver Eagle Set sold out at 100,000. This set included two uncirculated Silver Eagles, a 2011-W and a 2011-S.