The online store of the United States Mint has one less product as the individual 2012-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle has sold out.
According to current U.S. Mint sales levels, the mintage of the West Point produced silver coin will mark a new record low for the series. The most recent figures as of March 11, 2013 place sales of the 2012-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle at 220,559*.
That number includes a total of 202,504 sold individually. It also includes 18,055 sold as part of the larger 2012 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set, which remains available for $59.95.
The table below offers sales for annual "W" Uncirculated Silver Eagles since their introduction in 2006.
|Year||West Point Uncirculated Silver Eagle Sales / Mintages|
Sales figures above include all Uncirculated Silver Eagles from West Point, including those sold individually as well as those purchased as part of numismatic sets.
Interest in the 2012-W Uncirculated Silver Eagle was subdued from the start compared to previous issues. The majority of its sales happened early. When the stand-alone coin made its debut on August 2, 2012 at a price of $45.95, a total of 123,801 were sold in five days. But that was down 33.1% from the sales start of the previous year’s coin, which notably had a price that was $14.50 higher at $60.45. Not helping sales, silver product prices went up in October with the Silver Eagle’s price increasing $5 to $50.95.
Uncirculated Silver Eagles saw their inaugural release in 2006. They have been struck annually ever since with the exception of 2009 and 2010. Bullion demand in those years took precedent, and the U.S. Mint canceled the uncirculated coins to divert available blank planchets toward bullion Eagle production.
All American Silver Eagles (bullion, proof and these uncirculated) contain the same basic obverse and reverse imagery. This includes an obverse of Adolph A. Weinman’s "Walking Liberty" as first seen on the 1916-1947 half-dollar coin and a reverse showcasing John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle with shield.
This year’s 2013-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle has a scheduled launch date of May 28, 2013 at a higher price of $53.95.
*This article was updated to include sales figures as of March 11, 2013. The original article had sales available to March 4, 2013.