2011-W $1 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin

The 2011-W $1 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin were authorized as part of the Liberty Coin Act (Public Law 99-61) and first appeared in 1986.

2011-W $1 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin (US Mint images)
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The primary purpose of the act was to create bullion versions of the coin struck from one troy ounce of .999 fine silver. These coins were to feature a face value of $1, with each strikes weight and purity guaranteed by the United States government.

In order to capture some of the numismatic interest in the coins, the Mint also decided to produce these Proof Silver Eagles as well as an uncirculated version.

Historic Mintage on Silver Eagles

These Proof Silver Eagles first appeared in 1986 along with their bullion version counterparts. A chart of the Proof Eagles mintage is shown below:

1986 – 1,446,778

1987 – 904,732

1988 – 557,370

1989 – 617,694

1990 – 695,510

1991 – 511,924

1992 – 498,543

1993 – 393,224

1994 – 372,168

1995 – 407,822

1996 – 498,293

1997 – 435,350

1998 – 450,728

1999 – 549,330

2000 – 600,743

2001 – 746,398

2002 – 647,342

2003 – 747,831

2004 – 801,602

2005 – 816,663

2006 – 843,602

2007 – 821,759

2008 – 700,979

2009 – n/a

2010 – tbd

 

The Mint was forced to cancel production of the 2009 Proof Silver Eagles due to what it called "unprecedented demand" for the bullion Eagles.

Issue Information

The Mint produces a total of three varieties of the Silver Eagles, all featuring the same obverse and reverse designs – a bullion coin, an uncirculated coin and this proof coin.

Release Date

The US Mint indicates a release date of June 30, 2011 for these strikes.

Issue Price

No price has been announced by the US Mint.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Each coin is minted at the US Mint’s facility in West Point and feature the "W" mintmark.

Designer & Sculptor

Since their creation, the obverse (heads side) of the coins have featured Adolph A. Weinman’s 1916 "Walking Liberty" half dollar design. This design is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful ever produced.

The reverse (tails side) shows a heraldic Eagle with shield and was designed by John Mercanti

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $1
Finish: Proof
Composition: 99.93% Ag, 00.07% Cu
Standard Weight: 31.103 g
Standard Diameter: 40.60 mm
Edge: Reeded

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