30th Anniversary 2016-W Proof American Silver Eagle Launch

by Darrin Lee Unser on September 16, 2016 · 57 comments

Get ready… One of the most popular U.S. Mint annual products debuts today, Sept. 16. The 2016-W Proof American Silver Eagle goes on sale beginning at noon Eastern Time for $53.95.

2016-W Proof American Silver Eage coins, case and coin edge

The obverse (heads side) contains Adolph A. Weinman’s depiction of “Walking Liberty,” the design that was first introduced on 1916 half-dollars and is considered by many as one of the most beautiful depictions on American coinage. Obverse inscriptions read “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “2016.” John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle with shield design appears on the coin’s reverse (tails side). Inscribed around the eagle are: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “1 OZ. FINE SILVER” and “ONE DOLLAR.” Proof Silver Eagles are struck at the U.S. Mint facility in West Point, which is designated on each strike with a mintmark of ‘W’ on the reverse. Each coin ships in a blue velvet, satin-lined presentation case that is accompanied by a 30th anniversary Certificate of Authenticity.

Demand for the coin is high every year, but expect extra interest for this one because it serves as a 30th anniversary issue. And to mark the special occasion, it features a smooth edge with "30th ANNIVERSARY" incused in italics.

The lettered edge replaces the standard reeded treatment that has been on American Silver Eagles since their 1986 inaugural release. Congress directed the anniversary inscription as part of the larger FAST Act which was signed into law last year. However, don’t get too used to the new edge. It’s for this year only.


Edged lettering of 30th anniversary proof Silver Eagle

American Silver Eagles are released in proof and uncirculated qualities for collectors and in a bullion edition for investors. They share designs and major specifications, to include size and a composition in 1 oz. of 99.9% pure silver. The uncirculated version, as a collector coin, will also have a smooth edge and anniversary inscription. The U.S. Mint has not announced when it will launch, but did say its price will be $44.95. The bullion edition debuted earlier in the year and has year-to-date sales of 29,850,500. It kept its traditional reeded edge.

For the record, recent proof Silver Eagle annual sales have ranged from about 700,000 to around 900,000 coins.


Those interested in buying a 2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof American Silver Eagle may do so directly from the U.S. Mint by visiting their online ordering page. Orders are also accepted by telephone at 1-800-USA-MINT.

This year’s proof will also be featured within the upcoming 2016 Congratulations Set and 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin & Currency Set.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Synoptic 12 September 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

Supplementary To Above:

Just a thought. If the Uncirculated (W) are not released by year’s end, that would eradicate the mandate as imposed by the President > ‘All bet’s are off’.

Seth Riesling September 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Synoptic 12 –

The private vendor company employees at the Mint’s call center in Texas are very kind & professional in my experience, but they are not numismatic experts of course & they often do not know about numismatic public law specifics & usually are not aware of info in the Mint’s press releases sent from Mint headquarters in Washington D.C. They only know what is on the website for all to see. They have often answered with “no information on that at this time,” when in fact the Mint’s own press releases have stated otherwise or the specifics of public law state otherwise. They are there to take product orders & answer very basic order status questions only. They are not official spokespersons for the Mint. If you want the full story, you have to contact the Mint’s spokesman Michael White in Washington D.C. in their Office of Corporate Communications headed by Tom Jurkowsky & you have to keep abreast of numismatic-related legislation & public laws pertaining to coins & medals.
I remember back in the 1980s & early 1990s when US government employees ran the call center in Lanham, Maryland not far from Washington D.C. & they knew a lot more information since they were in the loop so to say as official government employees. When the Mint outsourced the call center to private companies the sharing of information started to decrease unfortunately.


Synoptic 12 September 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm


Would most certainly agree with the crux of your statement. But, there are still a ‘few’ that can provide some insight. I remember the call center in Maryland as there were ‘experienced’ staffers which provided additional information in being highly useful. In its entirety, I believe you have presented the facts successfully and without any bias.
* Irrespective on the above, what is your opinion as to the Uncirculated (W) being released in 2017?

Seth Riesling September 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

12 –

Since the 2016 Uncirculated Burnished finish ASE $1 coin is on the Mint’s official product list with an assigned product item number, I expect them to produce the coin. It is currently on the TBD status as to when it will be released for sale. Of course, they still have about 3.5 months to do so.
Nothing is set in stone with Mint products except those required by Congress through public law signed by the president, but it is a very popular coin finish & I would be shocked if they didn’t produce it for sale during this special 30th anniversary year as they would make major profits on this version issued almost every year since 2006.


sc Mac September 18, 2016 at 4:25 pm

As is the usual and the norm for most items for sale on the Net, the U.S. Mint has no experts in the Numismatic Field to answer even the most basic Questions, Like why the Native American Coin & Currency Sets vary the Mint Mark from Year to Year, the answer I got was ” Because that’s where it was Minted “.
The Mint should cater to the ” average ” Collector which makes up the vast majority of all Collectors. Instead, they make deals of quantity purchase agreements and First Picks that we as the Riff-Rat genre cannot touch.
So, what else is new ? We basically get the Left-overs !!!

Synoptic 12 September 18, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Thank you very much Seth.

Seth Riesling September 20, 2016 at 2:03 pm

First day sales of this coin totaled 262,816 coins ordered from approximately 81,000 different people & companies, according to US Mint sales statistics.


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