2018-S Proof American Silver Eagle Launch (Updated)


Collectors don’t get confused, the United States Mint is releasing another proof American Silver Eagle this year. This one is produced at the U.S. Mint’s facility in San Francisco and debuts at noon ET today, Aug. 14, to coincide with the start of the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money.

2018-W Proof American Silver Eagle - Photo of Obverse and Reverse
A CoinNews photo of two standard 2018-W Proof American Silver Eagles struck by the West Point Mint. This version carries a ‘W’ mintmark on its reverse or tails side. The proof Silver Eagle release for today is the same but struck by the San Francisco Mint and bears a ‘S’ mintmark.

The 2018-S Proof American Silver Eagle is nearly identical to the standard West Point Mint proof edition which launched on Jan. 4 and has last reported sales of 334,188. Its only identifiable difference is the ‘S’ mintmark on its reverse (tails side) indicating its production at the San Francisco Mint.

This release gives the U.S. Mint a little extra something to showcase at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money which kicked off today in Philadelphia. The fair runs through the 18th and is being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 1101 Arch St, 19107.

Like other Silver Eagles, the 2018-S version incorporates Adolph A. Weinman’s "Walking Liberty" design on its obverse (heads side). The image is a favorite of many collectors and was first on 1916 to 1947 half dollars. Inscriptions around the flag-draped Lady Liberty read LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and the year 2018.

The reverse is adorned with John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle with shield design. The eagle has an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in the left. Inscriptions read UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 OZ. FINE SILVER and ONE DOLLAR.

2018-S Proof American Silver Eagle Specifications

Denomination: $1
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: San Francisco – S



Beginning at noon ET today, the proof coin may be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint for $55.95. Each is presented in a blue-velvet, satin-lined presentation case and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Photo of 2018-W Proof American Silver Eagle, Case, Certificate
Proof Silver Eagles ship in a satin-lined presentation case accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Orders are accepted by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) or by visiting the Mint’s online page for silver coins. No household, order or product limits apply.

Update (Aug 15 at 12:22 p.m. ET): First-day sales reached 52,494 coins, according to the U.S. Mint.

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Seth Riesling

The reverse also has the inscription E Pluribus Unum.



Hey Seth i don’t doubt your info but the us mint site picture dosen’t show that and the second paragraph above says the only difference is the S mintmark unless they release an updated picture,but i hope your right


“a little extra something to showcase” For this “special” year I think they should have had something little BIGGER to showcase. Oh well, I’m still going to get one.

Seth Riesling

gary –

It has always been there on the ribbon held by the eagles’s beak. This article was missing that inscriptions in the news story by Darrin Lee Unser.



Good eye Seth! Just ordered one for me and one for my grandbaby. Love the graceful stroll lady liberty displays on the coin. Nice sandals too! 🙂


Dude, really? Don’t be a Butt Head.., it’s in the picture. What else has change about the design in 20+ years?

Please don’t become one of these asinine coin collectors as we age, I’ve always enjoyed your post. Check yourself.

Seth Riesling

NWRobert –

It sure is great engraving that only the cameo Proof version really shows off well. A beauty for sure!

Happy Collecting!



It is a great design that has endured for a long time. I wonder if the mint might shake it up a bit by rotating a few other designs that I like? How about a couple of years with the flowing hair and skinny eagle dollar and then a couple of years with draped busted dollar skinny eagle then the heraldic form? I’m sure other suggestions are out on this thread. Happy Collecting to you Seth and all!


seth ,i guess mr. unser and me can’t see whats in plain sight for all to see.

Chas Barber

Oh wow, so being unlimited mintage my purchase is non limited, I got none… don’t care getting OLD IN THE TOOTH this design is… (Apologies toYoda!)


That’s right…essentially the same coin for 32 years!


Is this the first time the S mint has had their mark on this proof coin?


Nope. The series started in ‘86 with the “S” mint mark on proofs and continued thru ‘92 I believe. Just boring. At least put the mint mark on the obverse for a change. A very simple but nice little twist. No one at the mint can even come up with that. All they care about are their politically correct humanitarian causes. I mean we don’t have become a toy factory like the RCM but plz do something fresh.


Is there no hope of an exciting new design out of the US Mint? The Palladium coin is nice but I can’t see myself investing $1000s of dollars into Palladium. This is just another boring twist from the mint. Constantly inundated with the same old crap year in and year out. And when they do design a Commemorative it’s The March of Dimes, The Lions Club, or Breast Cancer Awareness. All noble causes but jeez, not the most exciting design to collect. Rather depressing I say. Get somebody in there with some kind of imagination! Also silver and gold are… Read more »


Should have done something special like a reverse proof.

Steve M

Seth, to be completely accurate, E Pluribus Unum is part of the design and not a true inscription.

Seth Riesling

How rude! I am only 55 (and a recovering newspaper journalist).


sam tweedy

If you don’t like this one you can always buy a WW1 ZOMBIE medal


Lol or one of those massive and ridiculous ATB 5 oz. manhole covers. They should offer those in one ounce pure silver bullion as an alternative to ASE’s. I think that’s a great idea. I mean is this really that hard?


Free shipping at the mint code PROOF2018

Seth Riesling

Steve M. –

Per the public law that created these coins in 1986, “E Pluribus Unum” is an inscription required by law to be on all USA legal tender coins. So it is a required inscription & not a part of the eagle design per se.


Chas Barber

It’s a “Sell Out!” I heard it from Sarah Sanders Huckabee (Fake news ….they will never sell out……pulled @ one time yes, sellout no way Jose…) she said @ almost 5x spot price & 56x face value this is aone hot item, she said that POTU45 even put a few in Stormiy’s pantaloons!


I bought the S & W MS-70 through PCGS first strike label, the W mint is clearly a nicer looking coin as far as the mirror like finish for some reason.