2012-W $1 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin

The 2012-W $1 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin will continue a series of coins authorized by the Liberty Coin Act (Public Law 99-61) that first appeared in 1986.

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That act was created to direct the Mint to produce bullion versions of the coin which are also struck from one ounce of .999 fine silver. However, the Treasury Secretary also has the discretion to strike numismatic versions of coins.

The Proof Silver Eagles were struck annually until 2009 when the Mint was forced to cancel their production owing to intense demand for the bullion strikes which it is required by law to produce to meet demand. The proof coins did make a return in 2010, however.

Historic Mintage on Silver Eagles

A table showing the historic mintage of the Proof Eagles is offered 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

2011 – tbd

 

 

The 2012 Proof Silver Eagles mark the 26th year for the strikes which debuted in 1986 and were offered annually except for the year of 2009..

Issue Information

This Proof Silver American Eagle is just one of the three varieties of Silver Eagles produced by the US Mint. It also typically strikes bullion and uncirculated Silver Eagles.

Release Date

No release date has been announced by the US Mint.

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

Adolph A. Weinman’s "Walking Liberty" design is shown on the obverse of the Silver Eagles. It was first used on the 1916-1947 half dollar and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful ever produced.

John Mercanti’s heraldic Eagle with shield is shown on the reverse of each Silver Eagle.

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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