Available now from the United States Mint is the 2013-W Proof American Silver Eagle. The silver coin went on sale today, January 24, 2013, at a price of $62.95.
It is a collector version of investment-grade bullion Silver Eagles — the same coins suspended last week as record demand depleted the Mint’s inventory. Like the bullion issue, one ounce of .999 fine silver is in every proof coin.
Silver Eagles are one of the most popular annual products offered by the U.S. Mint. Last year’s proof logged sales of 819,217 according to Mint sales figures. It launched on April 12, 2012 and sold out on November 13, 2012.
These coins actually date back to 1986. The proofs have appeared annually ever since, with just one exception. In 2009 and to help fulfill demand, the U.S. Mint canceled sales of the collectible proof to reroute silver blank planchets for bullion coin production. The proofs returned in 2010.
Proof American Silver Eagle Designs and Coin Specifications
All American Silver Eagles have showcased the same obverse and reverse designs from day one. Appearing on the obverse is the Adolph A. Weinman depiction of "Walking Liberty" as first seen on 1916-1947 half-dollars. Inscriptions surrounding the design include "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST" and "2013."
The reverse, designed by John Mercanti, offers a heraldic eagle with shield. Encircling the image are the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "1 OZ. FINE SILVER" and "ONE DOLLAR."
Annual proof American Silver Eagles originate from the U.S. Mint facility in West Point. To denote that, a "W” mint mark is on the reverse to the bottom left of the eagle.
Coins in the series feature a reeded edge with a diameter of 1.598 inches (40.60 mm).
Proof Silver Eagle Ordering Information
Every 2013-W Proof American Silver Eagle is individually encapsulated and placed in a blue velvet, satin-lined presentation case.
Place orders for the coin directly from the U.S. Mint via this product page, or by calling the toll-free number of 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
The U.S. Mint indicates that there are no household ordering limits and that customer demand will decide the proofs mintage.
Upcoming Silver Eagles
The aforementioned and now suspended bullion American Silver Eagle went on sale January 7, 2013. The U.S. Mint will resume sales through its network of dealers on or about January 28, 2013.
In upcoming collector products with an American Eagle:
- the 2013-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle launches in May for $53.95,
- the 2013 West Point Two-Coin Silver Eagle Set debuts in May/June, and
- the 2013 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set is available in July
Details and pricing for the West Point Silver Eagle Set have not been announced. Expectations are for it to include a reverse proof Silver Eagle and a unique uncirculated Silver Eagle that differs in some way from the standard annual issue.
The 2013 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set includes an uncirculated Silver Eagle from West Point, an uncirculated 2013 Native American $1 coin from the Denver Mint and four uncirculated 2013 Presidential $1 coins from the Philadelphia Mint that honor William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson.