2018-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Launch

by Darrin Lee Unser on May 24, 2018 · 9 comments

A popular annual numismatic issue from the United States Mint becomes available today with the release of the 2018-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle.

2018-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle - Images of Obverse, Case and Reverse

2018-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle – obverse, presentation case and reverse

Produced as a collector-grade version of the U.S. Mint’s bullion American Silver Eagle, this uncirculated coin dates back to 2006. It followed the bullion and proof editions which premiered in 1986. All versions feature the same imagery and major specifications, including their composition in 1 ounce of .999 fine silver.

Sales will be strong for this new uncirculated coin. Last year’s issue saw 111,224 sold through its first four days. Still available, its sales were 152,577 as of May 20, 2018.

2018-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle - Obverse

The obverse or heads side of the uncirculated coin

On the coin’s obverse we find Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty design. The image originally appeared on 1916 to 1947 half-dollars and is a favorite of many collectors. Inscriptions read "LIBERTY," "2018," and "IN GOD WE TRUST."

2018-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle - Reverse

The reverse or tails side of the uncirculated coin

John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle with shield design is found on the reverse. Inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "1 OZ. FINE SILVER — ONE DOLLAR." Each of these coins is produced at the U.S. Mint’s facility in West Point. As such, a ‘W’ mintmark indicating the production facility is also located on the reverse.

Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Specifications

Denomination: $1
Finish: Uncirculated
Composition: 99.9% Silver
Weight: 1.000 troy oz.
(31.103 grams)
Diameter: 1.598 inches
(40.60 mm)
Edge: Reeded
Mint and Mint Mark: West Point – W

 

Ordering

When released today at noon ET, the 2018-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle may be ordered directly from the Mint’s online store, located here. Orders are also accepted by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Pricing is $46.95, a two dollar increase from last year’s uncirculated coin. No mintage or household order limits apply.

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2008 – w, with the reverse of 2007, is the leader of all the burnished coins with a mintage of 47,000, so far.

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So it took nearly a year for the 2017 W UNC to add 40,000 coins to it’s 4-day opening “burst”…I don’t think
of that as a very sought-after issue…as to this year’s issue, I wonder why the mint thinks sales will soar having increased the coin by $2..? You can buy the 2017 W at auction slabbed in SP 69 for around $40…sometimes with early release or first day pedigree…

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JAN M FOX, hi! As crazy as it might seem, is true, roughly only 40,000 sold sent,s the 4th day of sale for the burnished 2017- *w silver*eagle, if you want you can look at that this way, the 111,224 sold in the first few days of the 2017 – w, silver*eagle, those 111,224 who made there perches in the first 4 days of last year, might be the only true collectors of the burnished*eagle sent’s they were put out on the shelf at the *mint in 2006, which could make the burnished*eagle a very sought after issue, *i always looked at this coin, as the second coming of the CC*Morgan, dollar which we know, closed its door neon,s ago, which i hope will never happen to the west*point mint, or the *Denver, *Philly, & San*Fran, for that matter, *i like to visit them all 1 these years while in… Read more »

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You may be correct…I think sales of the 2017 W are rising of late because some collectors fear the coin will be taken off sale in the near future…THEN the demand may really go up…Again, I don’t particularly want to pay nearly 3x spot for this year’s version…the mint could sell these in the $30-$38 range and make money

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Kevin Carter

2017 W ASE Unc. “CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE” on US Mint site.

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Joe Brown

Oh well, i was planing on picking up 1 or 2 more in OGP, just as well! *I really don*t have the cash, *smile, thank*s for the head up! I wont bother taking a look, *i would more than likely *sea something else, that i should not buy.*grin

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Kevin

So, Friday morning at 9:02 AM I receive an email from the US Mint saying that the 2017 American Silver Eagle uncirculated is once again available. Now I go to the website and it says it is currently unavailable. Was this an email glitch or what?

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JAN M FOX

Frustrating….looks like that coin is gone…I suspected that the coin was nearing it’s”end” when that last big sales surge happened last week…prices on eBay haven’t reflected this fact…may take a while for collectors to pay more for the coin on the secondary market…maybe they don’t care!

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Already sold out unavailable