Today, June 29, the United States Mint started accepting orders for the 2017-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle. Produced annually, this year’s coin appears five months earlier than last year’s counterpart.
Its sales will be brisk in the early going. Last year’s special 30th anniversary edition scored first-day sales of 126,902. Still available, it just topped the 200,000 level. Other recent but no-longer-sold coins registered totals of 201,188 in 2015; 224,532 in 2014; and 178,941 in 2013.
Produced at the West Point Mint from 1 ounce of 99.9% fine silver, the uncirculated Silver Eagle debuted in 2006 as an annual coin for collectors. It features the same basic designs as other versions, including the collector proof and investor bullion editions which debuted in 1986. The 2017-dated bullion and proof coins have respective to-date sales of 12,158,500 and 278,199.
Obverses (heads side) show the Adolph A. Weinman depiction of Liberty wrapped in a flag, with her right hand extended and branches of laurel and oak in her left. Inscriptions around the artwork read: "LIBERTY," "2017," and "IN GOD WE TRUST." This design first appeared on the half-dollar in 1916.
Reverses (tails side) offer John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle with shield design. Inscriptions read "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "1 OZ. FINE SILVER — ONE DOLLAR."
Edges of the coins are reeded, with the exception of last year’s special numismatic issues. Those are flat and bear lettering of "30 ANNIVERSARY."
Each coin ships in a blue presentation box accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
Available for $44.95 — the same price as last year’s coin, buy the 2017-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle from the United States Mint via its online store, located here. Orders are also accepted by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). The coin has no mintage or household order limits.
For beginners, this $1 coin contains 1 Troy ounce of 99.93% fine silver (it does not state the fineness on the coin).
Also, it doesn’t state in this article, but the reverse has the inscription “E Pluribus Unum”.
Also, this coin has a special “burnished” finish which is totally different from the bullion version.
Thank you Seth for always adding additional insights on just released mint coins and from the mint commission meetings! I’ve always loved the way the walking liberty design flows on the coin. Poetry in motion!
NW Robert –
I agree totally – the Walking Liberty design is fantastic! (on the original half dollars & on the ASE $1 coins).
Always loved the obverse of the ASE. Wish they would come up with a different reverse like they do with the SAC dollar. (Maybe every 5 years?)
more mil spots for $45. they will do nothing if buyers keep buying
True on the mil spots and I wish they would go back to the old processes that have been mentioned before by Louis and Seth. earlier comments here: http://www.coinnews.net/2017/06/14/2017-p-proof-american-liberty-silver-medal-release/ BTW, what’s the deal with the 2016 1/2 oz gold WL? Too expensive? With a mintage of 70K I was wondering why it hasn’t sold out. Looks purty…I saw a sale today that has the 2016-W 1/2 oz Gold Walking Liberty Half Dollar Centennial (w/OGP) for ~$140.00 less than the Mint. Too long on the shelf maybe? Not cheap but is it worth it 20 years down the road when my… Read more »
My favorite coin from the US Mint.