2013-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Coin Released

by Rhonda Kay on May 28, 2013 · 20 comments

Today, May 28, 2013, the United States Mint started selling its 2013-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Coin. This annually produced product is created specifically for coin collectors and is available for $48.95.

2013-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Coin

2013-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Coin

Ordering is open to anyone from around the world. The Silver Eagle may be purchased online from the U.S. Mint website, found here, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no mintage limits or household ordering limits.

This latest issue features the same major specifications and designs as every other American Silver Eagle released since 1986, including the four that went on sale earlier this year. These coins are struck in one-ounce of 99.9% pure silver, have a diameter of 40.60 mm, a thickness of 2.98 mm, feature a reverse of John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle design and bear an obverse of Adolph A. Weinman’s iconic Walking Liberty design that first appeared on the circulating 50-cent pieces from 1916 to 1947.

The 2013-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Coin is unique in that it is struck on specially burnished blanks. Visually, its uncirculated finish is most like the bullion version that launched on January 7, 2013. Making it noticeably different is the "W" mint mark that denotes its production at U.S. Mint facility in West Point. The uncirculated Silver Eagle debuted in 2006 and has been issued in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Collector Silver Eagles were canceled in 2009 and 2010 as coin blanks were reserved for bullion production.

In addition to the bullion Silver Eagle mentioned above, versions released earlier this year and from the West Point Mint include:

Sales of the coin and set have been strong. Orders for the 2013-W Proof Silver Eagle are at 530,960 as of May 20. The two-coin set has a special 2013-W Reverse Proof Silver Eagle and a 2013-W Enhanced Uncirculated Silver Eagle. Sales for it are limited to a four-week window with an ending time of 5 p.m. ET on June 6. Orders for it are at 214,211 as of May 28.

Last year’s individually sold 2012-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Coin sold out in March with sales at 202,504. This coin was also offered in the 2012 US Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set. It just sold out on May 3 with sales at 28,368.

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jim May 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Get ’em while you can. Pretty soon enhanced uncirculated will be all that’s issued anymore and the mint won’t tell you that until it’s too late.

annie May 29, 2013 at 5:31 am

this 2013w is using the burnished blanks. is that an enhanced uncirculated version. remain to be seen.

RonnieBGood May 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

Jim, The enhanced Eagle in 2040 will probably be a hologram 3D image that will dance in front of your eyes. lol

thePhelps May 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I think the enhanced version would help them sell more coins. I see a lot of people convinced that the bullion coin is the same coin and don’t buy this one. Easy to see why they don’t when you see the bullion graded (and many MS70) and the only real difference between this and those is the W on the back and a paper saying it is a legitimate Uncirculated ASE.

Isiah Kulaps May 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Buy all the gold and silver you can at any price. The Fed and central bank printing presses are running 24/7 (digitally that is) to keep the ponzi bubble going a little longer. Technological efficiency, globalization, low interest rates and principal amortization all are forcing a critical slowing down of the complex interconnected financial systems forcing unstoppable deflation. In 2008 the system blew up and died. It’s been on life support and GAAP sanctioned accounting fraud ever since. JPM and others are manipulating gold, silver, and copper on a daily basis. Raids on bitcoin to stifle the competition. IRS mafia goons strong arming the swiss banks and tea party. the greedy pot smoking clinton and obama boomers and Bernanke think they are going pump up stock prices, real estate long enough to cash out their stocks and sucker millenials into debt and investment casino of mortgage debt then all retire and run to the other side of the titantic, collect ss and force obamacare to pay for their knee replacements. No thanks suckers. You made your 17 Trillion debt by going along, now you pay it. There is no escaping total dollar collapse and tyranny without a revolution, it’s the air the world breathes and as money velocity drops the oxygen gets sucked out of the bubble it all implodes and we’re taking the rest of the central bank knucklehead dominos with us. Gold is money and NOTHING else. Everything else is a derivative or backed by hot air. In God We Trust – Who is back stops the Federal Reserve when their derivatives and MBS implode?

JD Sherman May 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Can anyone explain how HSN can sell this coin graded on the sameday the mint put it on sale?

razzol May 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm

omg another doom andd gloom they post everywhere ! Buy your coins and be happy !

jim May 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

RBG – I don’t know… the US Mint came out with it’s first laser enhanced coin this year; they may be emboldened to advance into holography in a shorter time frame. Look to Canada to come out with a dancing coin first anyway.
But then, what if they came out with a holographic baseball commemorative that showed a bat swing and hit the ball out of the park. Wouldn’t that be a coin to collect!

sean7k May 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Look to the Perth Mint. They already created a dancing coin a few years back. I think the mints can just get ridiculous (Canada especially) in creating coins with lots of flash and little value. With Canada, I just have to be selective, how many different series can you have?
It would be nice to see the US mint experiment with some small mintage series about historical events. For the most part, they just use commercial or military themes. There is more to life in America that that.

sean7k May 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm

They must be pre-selling for shipment later. Pretty common on all coin sites and ebay. Though the graders can turn around a lot of coins very quickly if you’re a large enough customer.

jim May 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

One time one of the hosts said something about buying and grading thousands of coins just to get the relatively small number (500? 250?) of MS70 coins they were selling.

thePhelps June 1, 2013 at 6:18 am

If you look on eBay these are already selling in slabs – guessing they had to photoshop the images in. I also see the 2 coin set already slabbed and being sold – even though they haven’t shipped em.

@sean – you mean your not picking up the glow in the dark pre-historic coins from the RCM?

thePhelps June 1, 2013 at 6:21 am

@jim – I think I read recently that a monsterbox might produce enough 70 coins to pay for the grading of the entire set, and enough 69’s to pay for the box. I don’t know if that is true, but I suspect it probably comes close enough.

RonnieBGood June 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Coin production has been an art form up to the present. The design work. The engraving and polishing. The striking by hand (in the past). If all it will take in the near future is a few program changes and the coin spews from the back of the equipment, where is the artistry of coin making? The survival of this hobby in the future may be the resistance to computerization. What would the demand be if reasonably small lots of coins crafted as they were in the past were offered as series?

RonnieBGood June 3, 2013 at 10:42 am

JD – Privilege comes with large orders from the Mint and the Grader’s. They are shipped ahead of the common man/women’s orders but cannot sell them until the Mint’s issue date and time.

Many on eBay are pre-selling ahead of receiving from the Mint / Grader. Read the seller’s info closely. If they do not say stock is in hand and ready to ship you will be waiting for your order. Many overpay by ordering this way.

jim June 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm

RBG – I know what you’re saying. Technology has hit most paper oriented industries hard – newspapers, books, postal. It’s a continuing fight to keep our paper money counterfeit free. The goal of coin production has always been to produce the most perfect coins possible so I don’t think there’ll be much demand for old technology (or no technology) produced coins. I wouldn’t want any. But with advances in technology there will be fewer and fewer coins below 69 and 70’s will become more plentiful and less valuable too. So what’s left to collect 100 yrs from now? Maybe packaging WILL become the collectable reason for buying a new coin. Or something we just don’t see right now because we’re only at the beginning (something beyond lasers? New chemical processes? Nanobiotics?). Maybe collecting new coins is doomed and we’re actually at the end instead. Seems like we could be… in another 100 yrs.

jim June 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Wouldn’t these early large orders be the true early release/first strike coins? Wouldn’t they be the only coins deserving the hokey grader’s labels and anything the general public gets not? Is this a dirty little secret the graders don’t want anybody to know about?

RonnieBGood June 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Jim – Yes. As a matter of fact the Mint had to issue a statement about Early Release and First Strike Issues due to abuses from the Shopping networks and the Graders. Shopping networks were having ASE coins graded and labeled by box number and date struck (by the receipt in the monster boxes). Since they are always one of the first to receive shipments the Mint had to act to stop the abuse. An entire years run can be struck in less than a week and the mint does not keep track of the first off coins. So even though you may receive the first coin shipped in may in fact be the last coin minted.

thePhelps June 4, 2013 at 5:14 am

RBG – that is exactly why those labels are useless and should be scorned – not sought after. It is the naive collector that is seeking out a First Release label like it means something – and all it means is you are dumb enough to pay more for this label.

jim June 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

RBG – Thanks. I hadn’t seen that statement. And you’re right – the mint may follow LMFS (Last Minted First Shipped) depending on how the finished product is stored away in their vaults; I don’t imagine they’d put the last minted box at the bottom of the stack or at the back of the room to give first minted easiest access.

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