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17 Feb 2020

The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin, Part Two

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Hi everyone! This post is slightly later than I meant it to be. I wrote it originally about half a week, or a little more, after I published the first part of it, but then, when I hit "publish", the post completely vanished, and it didn't go up. (Has this ever happened to anyone on here before??) It just pulled up a page that said "ERROR" in red letters. Sigh. And, of course, this was the one time I forgot to copy my post and paste it into a pages document just in case something went wrong. So, after spending about an hour and a half on what turned out to be an almost 800 word blog post, it was gone. Just gone. And, though I tried many different things, there was no way to get it back. And then, before I had a chance to rewrite it, we went out of town (amazing winter break trip, to the Grand Canyon. So beautiful! I highly recommend it lol). But now we're back, and here I am, rewriting this blog post for a second time, from scratch, although this time I assure you I will fully be copying it all and pasting it into a pages document before I try to publish it or anything. Here's hoping it goes up this time... :) Okay. Here we go. The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin, special editions.

All right. So, the very first special edition was released in 1993. It was called the "Philadelphia Set", and it was issued to commemorate the bicentennial of the very first official United States coins that werestruck at the Philadelphia Mintin 1793. The set included proof American Gold Eaglecoins in 1/2 ozt, 1/4 ozt, and 1/10 ozt sizes, a proof Silver Eagle coin, and a 90% silver proof "U.S. Mint Bicentennial" medal, all with "P" mintmarks.

The next special edition was released in 1995. The United States Mint,in addition to the regular proof coin that was being minted in Philadelphia,also issued a proof coin minted at West Point.This was known as the "1995-W Proof Silver Eagle", and the coin was sold only as part of the "10th Anniversary American Eagle Five Coin Set" which also included the four 1995-W proof American Gold Eagle coins in 1 ozt, 1/2 ozt, 1/4 ozt, and 1/10 ozt sizes. 30,125 of these sets were sold.

And now wemoveinto the 21rst century. In 2000, the Mint issued the "United States Millennium Coinage and Currency Set". This set included a 2000 Silver Eagle bullion coin that was minted at West Point (but without a "W" mintmark), a 2000Denver-minted Sacagawea Dollarwith a burnished finish, and an uncirculated 1999 series one-dollar billwith a serial numberthat began with the numbers "2000". The issue limit was 75,000 sets. They sold out completely. The Sacagawea Dollars do not have a burnished finish in fewer than twenty known sets.

In January of 2004, the Mint issued the "Legacies of Freedom United States and United Kingdom Silver Bullion Coin Set" which consisted of a 2003 bullion Silver Eagle and a 2002 Silver Britannia bullion coinfrom the United Kingdom. The set had an issue limit of 50,000.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the American Silver Eagle program in 2006 (they like anniversaries up there at the Mint, just wait and see...), the Mint issued a special "Reverse Proof Silver Eagle" coin minted at Philadelphia. This coin was available as part of a 3-coin set. The set also included the regular proof coin, and the new "Burnished Uncirculated" coin. The reverse proof coin features a frosted background and mirrored raised surfaces (this is opposite of a typical proof coin in the series). Uncirculated Silver Eagle coins also were available as part of the "20th Anniversary Gold & Silver Eagle Set". This set had an issue limit of 20,000 (19,145 of them were sold), and included the one-ounce, 2006-W uncirculated American Gold Eagle.

Then, in 2007 and 2008, uncirculated Silver Eagle coins were packaged with each year's issues of Philadelphia-minted Presidential Dollarsand Denver-minted Sacagawea Dollars in an "Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set". The 2007 set became available directly from the Mint on December 3, 2007;the 2008 set was available from August 7, 2008all the wayto January 28, 2010.

In 2011, the Mint issued an "American Eagle 25th Anniversary Silver Coin Set" to celebrate the program's 25th anniversary (see, anniversary set lol). The set includes five coins in a lacquered presentation case: one proof coin that was minted at West Point, one uncirculated coinalsominted at West Point, one uncirculated coin minted at San Francisco, one reverse proof coin (frosted background with polished, mirror-like design elements/foreground) minted at Philadelphia, and one bullion coin. (I want this set) :)

In June of 2012, the Mint issued the "San Francisco American Silver Eagle Two Coin Proof Set" to commemorate the San Francisco Mint's 75th anniversary (oh look, another one!). The set includes a 2012 proof Silver Eagle coin and a 2012-S reverse proof Silver Eagle coin, both minted in (hmm, can ya guess?) San Francisco. Then, in August of 2012, the Mint issued the "Making American History Coin and Currency Set" which includes a 2012 proof Silver Eagle coin (San Francisco) and a Series 2009 five-dollar billwith serial numbersthat began with "150". The set celebrates the Mint's 220th anniversary and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's150th anniversary (double whammy!). And in November of 2012, the Mint released the "2012 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set" which includes a 2012 proof Silver Eagle coin (minted at West Point), five proof 90% silver quarters from the America the Beautiful Quartersprogram (minted in San Francisco), one 90% silver Kennedy half dollar(minted in San Francisco), and one 90% silver Roosevelt dime(minted in San Francisco). (this one's pretty neat too)

In May of 2013, the Mint offered for sale the "2013 American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Set" which includes two 2013 Silver Eagle coins minted at West Point: a reverse proof coin and an uncirculated coin that was enhanced with three finishes (heavy frost, light frost, and brilliant polish).

In 2016, the Mint issued "30th Anniversary" editions of the coin to celebrate the program's 30th anniversary. The coins were produced in both uncirculated and proof versions, and they feature a special rim design with the inscription "30th ANNIVERSARY" incused (hmm, spell check does not like this one.) on the edge of the coin, which replaced the normal reeded edge. Proof versions went on sale in September of 2016, and the uncirculated versions followed in December. Both versions were minted at West Point, NY, and they both bear the "W" mint mark.

In June of 2019, the United States Mint announced a partnership with the Royal Canadian Mintto issue the"Pride of Two Nations"silver coin set. The set contains special versions of the American Silver Eagle and Canadian Silver Maple Leafcoins. The American coin half of it will be struck at the West Point Mint and it will feature a reverse cameo proof finish, while the Canadian coin half of it will be struck at the Ottawa Mintand it will feature a modified reverse design and proof finish.The sets will be sold by both mints, and the product limit is 100,000 in the US and 10,000 in Canada.In November of 2019, the Mint released an Enhanced Reverse Proof coin struck at the San Francisco Mint. This coin has a maximum mintage of a mere 30,000 coins, and it has officially supplanted the 1995-W as the lowest-mintage issue of the series!

The firstnoticeablevarietyof the Silver Eagle series appeared in 2008. It is known as the "2008-W Silver Eagle Reverse of 2007 Variety". The United States Mint had made slight alterations to the reverse design between 2007 and 2008, and some of the 2008 uncirculated coins were inadvertently struck with the 2007 reverse type die, whichresulted in a die error. The variety is distinguishable by the difference in the "U" inUNITED STATES,and the dash betweenSILVERandONE. (If you know of any other varieties, please let me know in the comments section!) :)

Well, there we have it. That was a LOT of typing. And I am officially tired ofcapitalizingso manylooongcoin set titles and commemorative coin titles. Why do they all require so manycapitalletters? Lol. Not to mention just the titles of all the different types ofcoins. Whew.Anyways, I hope y'allenjoyed this conclusion of the blog two-piece set. I hope y'all learned something too. Iknow I did.Also, happy President's Day! :) Until later! :)



Level 5

Thanks for the double effort. SAE's are for collectors who like them versus buy them as an investment. They carry a steep premium, but to a collector that likes the design you have to love them and all of their finishes.


Level 3

Very informative. Thanks for going through all the trouble of writing this twice! A lot of work, but appreciated by many I am sure.


Level 6

I also have had blogs disappear while trying to post them. Now I write them in Word and copy paste them here. Takes time but I do learn. That is a very nice blog. I collect some SAE but not all the multitude of different options. Just too many for me. I am a big fan. I am also looking forward to the new reverse. John Mercanti did a wonderful job so let"s see what we get. Of course this being the last year of the "Type One" reverse, I have to buy everything the mint can think of selling me. Great job ZC. I'm glad you re wrote this. Thanks.


Level 6

Great research, there are types that I was unaware existed. I wish I had started actively collecting them from day one, it has turned into a great set with a wide range of interesting varieties. I am looking forward to the design change. I am assuming that it only consists of a change to the reverse but I'm sure we'll start seeing more information soon.


Level 7

Well you got it up. Next year it's gone. The obverse will have counterfeiting aspects the reverse completely changed. She of an Era


Level 5

Everyone loves silver eagles it seems. Very popular. Thanks for the information.


Level 4

Oh thank God it published this time! :)

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