Key Date Low Mintage Silver Eagles

What are the Key Date Low Mintage Silver Eagles in the Series?

1995-W-Proof-American-Silver-Eagle

The King-1995 W 10th Anniversary coin

Each and every day we field calls from collectors asking what the best Silver Eagles to collect are out of the entire series. There are a few resources out there to track mintage figures and population reports but usually they require a monthly fee to access the information.

We felt it would be easiest to post this blog for all to access and educate themselves on the very best the Silver Eagle program has to offer.

If your not going to collect them all back to 1986, the issues you want to focus on are the low mintage years and anniversary dates. These coins are always high in demand and constantly sought after by collectors building premier collections. First year issues are also a good idea due to the simple fact these coins have the most seasoning.

Key Date Low Mintage Silver Eagles Worth Collecting

1995 W Silver Eagle

The 95W is considered the King among all Silver Eagle coins ever minted. The United States Mint released their standard yearly proof out of the Philadelphia Mint that year. However, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Silver Eagle Program, the Mint also released a limited 5 coin set consisting of a proof 4 coin Gold Eagle set along with a special Silver Eagle bearing a W mint mark. The total mintage number was only 30,125 sets. This figure still stands as the lowest minted Silver Eagle ever produced.

The King of the series also commands the highest premiums. At auction, we have seen this coin sell for as high at $26,000 in perfect 70 condition. For up to date details and discount pricing on 69 or 70 graded 95W Silver Eagles, call our advisors at toll free 1-877-540-2646.

2006 20th Anniversary 3 Coin Set

In 2006, the Unites States Mint celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Silver Eagle program by producing a 3 coin set consisting of a proof issue, first ever reverse proof issue and the first ever burnished issue. These new finishes were wildly accepted by the collecting community as they offered a new look to a 20 year old design. Only 248,875 sets were released to collectors after the final audit had been completed.

This collection currently sells in 70 grade for as much as $1,900. That is about 4-5 times the original price for a 70 set when they were released. For up to date details and discount pricing on 69 or 70 graded 20th Anniversary Silver Eagle sets, call our advisors at toll free 1-877-540-2646. Also, you can browse our store here.

2008 with the reverse of the 2007

In April 2008, Coin World reported about an unknown number of the 2008-W Burnished Silver Eagles that had been struck using the reverse die type of the 2007 design with some slight differences between the two. How do you tell if you have one? The reverse type is easily distinguished by the difference in font used. If you look at the “U” of “United States”, coins with the reverse of 2007 will have a bowl shaped “U”. Coins with the reverse of 2008 will have a “U” with a spur on the right side of the letter.

NGC and PCGS started designating these coins on their labels shortly after. There is no certain number as to how many of these coins were accidentally produced.  It has been estimated in the ballpark of about 47,000 but again there was no way of validating that figure.

What we can tell you is prices for this coin have jumped up tremendously from when they were first discovered. in 70 grade we have seen this issue selling for over $1300. When our buyers acquire these, we are able to offer them to our clients for much cheaper. For up to date details and discount pricing on 69 or 70 graded 2008 w/ rev of 2007 silver eagles, call our advisors at toll free 1-877-540-2646.

2011 25th Anniversary 5 Coin Set

The United States Mint once again wowed collectors with the production of a special 5 coin set released in 2011 to celebrate the program’s 25th anniversary. Opportunity to own this set at ground floor pricing was very limited as they only produced 100,000 sets. In fact, the entire allotment sold out in less that 5 hours on the Mint’s website.

This collection consisted of a proof issue, reverse proof issue, first burnished issue bearing an S mint mark, burnished issue bearing a W mint mark and a regular bullion issue. All 5 coins represents the largest anniversary collection for the entire series.

This rare collection stands today in the #2 slot as the rarest Silver Eagles in the program second to the 95W. The markets overshot the pricing right out of the gate and sets sold in perfect 70 grade for as high as $3,000. Once the chaos subsided, the sets sell for around $2,000 in the current market. For up to date details and discount pricing on 69 or 70 graded 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle sets, call our advisors at toll free 1-877-540-2646. Additionally, you can browse our store here.

2012 San Francisco 75th Anniversary 2 Coin Set

The great earthquakes of 1906 and their ensuing firestorms destroyed the majority of San Francisco. One building that stood was the San Francisco Mint. The city was so impressed with the structure is was dubbed the “granite lady”. In need of a new location for the Mint, in 1937 the new San Francisco Mint was constructed across the river. This building still stands today producing some of the finest coins available.

The 2012 75th anniversary 2 coin set was produced to commemorate 75 years of the new San Francisco Mint. Just a hair over 250,000 sets were produced consisting of a proof and a reverse proof issue bearing the S mint mark. This is important because the previous reverse proof issues were struck at the Philadelphia Mint.

A final audited number was released in December 2012 bringing the total number of sets down to only 224,981. This was interesting for collectors because the final audited number pushed the collection into the #3 spot as the rarest silver eagles available in the entire series at that time. It bumped the 2006 20th anniversary set into 4th place. Many different label options were made available for this collection and we have seen some selling as high as $800. For discount pricing and availability on 69 and 70 graded sets, please contact our advisors at 1-877-540-2646.

2013 West Point 75th Anniversary 2 Coin Set

As of this post, this set is yet to be officially named or released. It stands on the Mint’s production schedule for release in May/June 2013. We anticipate an incredible surge in demand for this set in part due to the success of the 2012 San Francisco 2 coin set. Click here to read our previous post about this collection. To get on our early notification list for an early opportunity at this set, click here.

2012 W Uncirculated Silver Eagle

We covered the 2012 W burnished silver eagle closely because we knew it was headed for the record books. In mid-March, the U.S. Mint stopped offering the issue at a total mintage of only 202,504. However, they were still selling this coin as a part of the annual dollar 6 coin set. May 3rd, the Mint announced a sell out of this set with a total mintage of 28,368. Add the two together and there are only 230,872 coins that exist making it the 4th lowest minted silver eagle in the entire series across all die formats. Now that is impressive!

We hope this post has been informative for you. If you need any additional details or explanation, please contact our advisors at 1-877-540-2646 and we will gladly assist you.

Happy Collecting!

5 thoughts on “Key Date Low Mintage Silver Eagles

  1. Great article boys! Look like you guys did your homework. This is a great checklist for people targeting key dates in the Silver Eagle Series. I would recommend the 1996 bullion coin as well.

    Well done!

    How does everyone out there feel about the new labels being offered from NGC and PCGS certifying Silver Eagle bullion coins being minted at San Francisco or West Point? I like to call these the parentheses labels:

    2013 (W) or 2013 (S) for example. Anyone seeking these out?

  2. I AM A SILVER EAGLE LABEL FAN! I LOVE THE FACT THAT YOU CAN HAVE
    THE SAME W COIN IN LABELS TELLING YOU IT WAS PART OF A COIN SET AS
    WELL AS A STAND ALONE COIN.2006 WAS A GREAT EXAMPLE W BURNISHED
    IN THE 3 COIN SET-W BURNISHED IN THE 2 COIN SILVER-GOLD SET-W BURNISHED AS A STAND ALONE COIN.THE W COIN HAS BEEN A GREAT
    ADDITION TO THE ASE PROGRAM.ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE W
    BURNISHED IS THE 2012 PCGS W UNC SET LABEL OF LESS THAN 600 COINS
    CERTIFIED MS69&MS70.THIS IS WHAT WE COIN COLLECTORS LIVE FOR.

  3. HOW ABOUT ADDING THE 75.000 MILLENNIUM SET AND THE 20,000 W
    2006 SILVER & GOLD SET AND THE 60,000 SF COIN & CURRENCY SET AND
    THE 2007-2008-2012 AND THE UP COMING 2013 W ASE CONTAINING
    UNCIRCULATED DOLLAR SETS ALL WITH 100,000 OR LESS IN SEALED
    PACKAGES OF WHICH ARE OVER LOOKED AND ALL BUT THE MILLENNIUM
    COIN HAVE A MINT MARK,WHICH ARE ALL COLLECTOR COINS-I HOPE!

    • Yes we believe it will be a key date issue. Only time will tell because they can mint the coin months into 2014. However if you consider the current mintage and factor in the rate at which they are selling, we feel this coin could land in the top 4 of all Silver Eagle. Definitely one to own now.

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