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.
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:
- 2013-W Proof American Silver Eagle Coin, released on January 24, 2013 for $57.95
- 2013 West Point American Silver Eagle Two-Coin Set, released on May 9, 2013 for $139.95
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.