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.
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
|Weight:||1.000 troy oz. (31.103 grams)|
|Diameter:||1.598 inches (40.60 mm)|
|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.
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.