2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof Silver Eagle Photos and Debut Sales

by Mike Unser on September 21, 2016 · 27 comments

This year’s proof Silver Eagle with its anniversary edge lettering is drawing stronger sales. Orders for the 2016-W American Eagle Silver Proof Coin reached 322,317 pieces in three days, according to the latest United States Mint figures.

2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof American Silver Eagle

CoinNews photos of an obverse and reverse of a 2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof American Silver Eagle

That stands taller than reported starts from other recent years, as underscored in the following table:

Year of Issue Initial Issue Price Debut Sales
2016 $53.95 322,317 in 3 Days
2015 $48.95 262,377 in 3 Days
2014 $52.95 or $47.65 with subscription 307,378 in 4 Days
2013 $62.95 258,860. in 4 Days
2012 $59.95 299,539 in 5 Days
2011 $59.95 367,623 in 6 Days
2010 $45.95 273,212 in 3 Days
2009 N/A Not Issued
2008 $31.95 185,232 in 4 Days


Priced at $53.95, this year’s proof did open at $5 more than the 2015-dated coin. Actually, its starting price is higher than any issue since 2013. But as the table above and the one further below illustrates, the Silver Eagle’s cost is not necessarily tied to its early and final success.

1986 – 2016 Proof American Silver Eagle Sales

Listed in the two following tables are last reported U.S. Mint sales of all regular (standard) annually issued proof American Silver Eagles. A year’s proof is available individually and may be within other products, like Congratulations Sets. Each total below includes combined sales of all options.

Year Sales
1986-S 1,446,778
1987-S 904,732
1988-S 557,370
1989-S 617,694
1990-S 695,510
1991-S 511,924
1992-S 498,543
1993-P 405,913
1994-P 372,168
1995-P 407,822
1995-W 30,125
1996-P 498,293
1997-P 435,350
1998-P 450,728
1999-P 549,330
Year Sales
2000-P 600,743
2001-W 746,398
2002-W 647,342
2003-W 747,831
2004-W 801,602
2005-W 816,663
2006-W 1,092,477
2007-W 821,759
2008-W 700,979
2010-W 849,861
2011-W 950,000
2012-W 877,714
2013-W 934,812
2014-W 944,757
2015-W* 707,518


*Sales of 2015-W Proof Silver Eagles ended earlier than usual. In addition and another reason for its overall lower total, there was one less product with the coin since the 2015 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set was never released.

The U.S. Mint’s online page for American Eagle products is located here. This collector coin may also be ordered by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). It has no mintage or ordering limits.

Below are some larger photos of the anniversary coin.

Obverse photo of a 2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof American Silver Eagle

Larger photo of the coin’s obverse or heads side

Reverse photo of a 2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof American Silver Eagle

Larger photo of the coin’s reverse or tails side

Photo of a 2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof American Silver Eagle’s incused edge

A photo of the coin’s incused “30th ANNIVERSARY” edge

Photo of a 2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof American Silver Eagle’s incused edge

Another photo of an edge

Later, this year’s proof Silver Eagle will be in companion U.S. Mint products to include the 2016 Congratulations Set, the 2016 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set, and 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin & Currency Set.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

FLSharkvictim September 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Solid looking coin this year!

Seth Riesling September 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm

They only sold about 60,000 more of these special 30th anniversary 1-year type edge-lettered coins in the first 3 days than the first 3 sales days of last year. I am shocked that the saies are so low, especially considering dealers order in bulk the first day & these are unlimited mintage & no household limit. Go figure!


Dale September 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm

I ordered 2 coins 1201 pm on the 16th in transit also purchased a pf70 ngc 86.77 on eBay for delivery 2nd week in October..idk just like the coin this year.

jim September 21, 2016 at 7:12 pm

Just because the cost didn’t seem to influence the number of sales in the first days didn’t mean they had to stop offering a 10% discount to people with subscriptions. I’m just sayin’.

re: …since the 2015 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set was never released.
And likely the congratulations set won’t make it out the door this year because as time goes on the relevance of a congratulations set gets less and less; except for really old old-timers I suppose, a congratulations set is relevant because they made it through another year.

Mouse September 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Beautiful coin design.

Seth Riesling September 21, 2016 at 7:41 pm

jim –

The US Mint offers a 5 percent discount to coin dealers enrolled in their bulk purchase program for 10 different product lines, including the First Spouse gold coins! They only have to agree to purchase $5,000 of one product to qualify. But, the Mint doesn’t offer this same discount to a collector or investor or stacker or flipper who wants to make a $5,000 purchase. So much for fairness & a monopoly given to numismatic dealers by our government.
The funny thing is that these dealers in the program would buy the same amount of coins without the small discount because they have customers ready to buy the coins from them already raw or graded & they need the products to conduct their business no matter what.


Mouse September 21, 2016 at 7:56 pm

$5,000 purchase lol what a gong show agreement. Canadian bullion dealers have to sign a multi million dollar agreement to sell RCM bullion to the consumer. Highly collectible RCM proof coins are made at such a low mintage that dealers cannot purchase them all…makes for high quality investment coins exceeding $5,000 a piece. I feel for you all.


Seth Riesling September 21, 2016 at 8:17 pm

Mouse –

It is kind of funny in a strange way with the U.S. Mint as the largest Mint in the world & especially since the USA is the richest & most powerful country in world history. But, the RCM & Perth Mint Australia give the US Mint very good competition for sure! RCM & PMA coins are very high quality & low mintage.

Happy collecting!


T September 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Would both types of collectors be satisfied if the same coin is minted at a high limit at one location and a low limit at a different location? The mint mark would define a low and high quantity coin. The collectors that are into low mintage limits can by that specific mintage mark. Collectors that don’t care about quantity and just want the coin can by the high quantity one.


Roxie60 September 21, 2016 at 11:45 pm

Will the initial price change if Silver continues to rise? I know they make weekly adjustments to gold products but cant recall if they do the same for silver products.

Seth Riesling September 22, 2016 at 12:48 am

Roxie60 –

The U.S. Mint has a weekly pricing grid for all gold & platinum coins, but does NOT have any pricing grid for silver coins or products containing silver. They can change the price of silver coins at any time. They play the silver market & have a room full of 1,000 oz bars at the West Point Mint purchased well below current spot price on average. Most of the profit the Mint makes each year on its numismatic program coins (not bullion version coins sold only to the 13 worldwide APs) is from silver coins.


Time September 22, 2016 at 1:53 am

There will be no error coins in this issue I think the US Mint is really checking the coins before ship out sad to say.

jim September 22, 2016 at 2:44 am

Yeah, silver coins is where the mint hides all its sins, mistakes, screw-ups and what not. It’s where they make a profit from gold and platinum they bought at a higher price than what they have to sell it at according to the pricing grid.

joera September 22, 2016 at 5:54 am

This year’s Proof Silver Eagle will go down as one of the top sellers for sure. That will give the graded coins lower prices after a while.

Dale September 22, 2016 at 9:28 pm

received 2 coins today Sept 22nd the rims look fat out of shape.. the rim where 30th anniversary is skinny then widens out a lot to the point coins are hard to remove from capsule. idk

Seth Riesling September 22, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Dale –

Why would you remove a pristine Proof coin from its capsule? Unless you are taking a photograph of it, you are risking getting natural oils from your hand on it which will cause nasty dark toning or fingerprints. Hopefully, you used lint-free cotton gloves to inspect them.


Nels September 23, 2016 at 4:50 am

Jim, I get the proof every year sent to me by there auto program and I never recived a 10% discount! I paid the same the mint has advertised now.. Am I missing something? $53.95 plus $4.95 shipping…

Dale September 23, 2016 at 7:53 am

Hi Seth,
I had my cotton gloves on to inspect coins as i do with any i own..mine will ever be sent to ngc as I’m just a coin collector. the eagles will be passed on to the family when I’m gone. thxs, Dale

Seth Riesling September 23, 2016 at 10:25 am

Dale –

It is a very nice act for you to plan to pass down a coin collection to family members for sure. I too will pass my collection down to my four nephews when I am gone.

Happy collecting Dale!


jim September 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Nels –
I keep a spreadsheet record of my coins. In 2014 (but only 2014) proof silver eagle unit price was $52.95, extended price was $47.65 + $4.95 S&H. 10% discount was applied to all subscriptions proof, unc, one, or many, except coin roll subscriptions that year. I didn’t do anything special to make that happen, it was automatic. IMHO they should be doing this all along as an incentive. In this case the discount ($5.30) covered the S&H, something else I recommend they suspend for subscriptions.

Rodney Moore September 24, 2016 at 1:48 pm

i just got the one 2016 Silver Proof Eagle that I ordered in the mail today. Sure enough, there was debris inside the capsule. I debated on sending it back but since the trash rolled around inside the capsule I just opened it and used canned air to get rid of it.
It almost looks like the incused lettering is not stamped in the center and is running off the edge. You really can’t tell by looking at it in the capsule as the lettering is really hard to see.
I don’t know why they even bothered.

Rodney Moore September 24, 2016 at 1:54 pm

PS. The debris seemed to be fluffy white plastic and is probably “flashing” from the plastic capsule. I wonder how many folks will get coins with this same type of debris if it’s like I suspect and from the capsule?

Robert F Hall January 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm

I want to know the mintage of the 2016 Proof Silver Eagle, I know there were 150,000 in the Ronald Reagan Coin and Chronicles set, but what is the total mintage?

jim January 31, 2017 at 9:43 pm

Look for the star beside the coin in Mike Unser’s US Mint sales article listing all the coins. That’s how you’ll know the mint has stopped sales of the coin and the total mintage should remain steady thereafter.

Robert Hall March 26, 2017 at 9:33 pm

Thank you for the reply, sorry it took so long to get back.

Ron June 29, 2017 at 3:06 am

The 2016 proof CONGRATULATIONS SET only has, 5,966 coins then the mint stopped, as of now 6/29/17 they are going for big time bucks$$$ on ebay !! a few GRAND !!! for the PF70’s , glad I have a couple, lol

RODNEY MOORE June 29, 2017 at 7:03 am

It doesn’t make sense why someone would pay $2,600 for a 2016 silver eagle congratulations set graded coin. I don’t see why the words “congratulations set” on the holder are worth an extra $2,500.00? Obviously, people are not “buying the coin and not the holder” in this case.
I’m a fan of the 2016 ASE Proof and I have a few of them which is more than any other year for me because of the lettered edge. Personally, the fact the coin was in the congrats set wouldn’t have any extra value.

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