October starts out with an American Silver Eagle bang as the United States Mint today at noon ET releases the 2021 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set.
This product continues the U.S. Mint’s annual tradition of issuing a limited-edition silver set but ups the ante with the inclusion of two different American Silver Eagles. Accordingly, the Mint augmented the name of this year’s set by adding "American Eagle Collection.".
Inclusion of the two coins is notable as they showcase both classic (Type 1) and new (Type 2) designs. The classic design offers obverse (heads side) and reverse (tails side) imagery as seen on American Silver Eagles since their debut in 1986. Replacing them going forward, the new design offers a refreshed obverse and an all-new reverse.
It should be noted that demand is likely to be high for this product. The Silver Eagles of the set were released individually earlier in the year for $73 apiece and quickly sold out.
In total, the 2021 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set contains the following six proof coins:
- 2021-W Proof American Silver Eagle, Type 1 Classic Design (West Point)
- 2021-S Proof American Silver Eagle, Type 2 New Design (San Francisco)
- 2021-S Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site quarter (last in the Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program)
- 2021-S George Washington Crossing the Delaware quarter
- 2021-S Kennedy half dollar
- 2021-S Roosevelt dime
This represents a decrease in the number of coins from previous years as 2021 marks the end of the U.S. Mint’s series of America the Beautiful quarter dollars. As such, only one quarter appears in the set as part of that program instead of the typical five. The program’s replacement quarter dollar also ships in this set, the George Washington Crossing the Delaware quarter.
All the coins are produced from 99.9% pure silver with a total silver weight of 2.876 troy ounces. For reference, last year’s set, which has a dime, five quarters and a half dollar but only one American Silver Eagle, has a combined silver weight of 2.51 troy ounces.
Another change for this year is the packaging. Previous year’s saw some collector demand for the set owing to its premium presentation packaging. That packaging has changed this year to a much more moderate style.
Those interested in ordering this collection may do so via the Mint’s online store page for the limited edition set.
Pricing for the set is $235 with a product limit of 50,000. In addition, a household order limit of one has been established for the first 24 hours of sales.