After five years of massive increases in mintage levels, the American Silver Eagle cooled off slightly in 2012. Mintage had shot from 10.4 million coins in 2007 to a then-record 40.02 million in 2011. For 2012, the American Silver Eagle came back down after extra mintages for the 25th anniversary. Today, the 2012-W Proof American Silver Eagle is available from JM Bullion with a commemorative box.
- Mintage total for 2012 was 877,731 proof coins.
- 26th striking of the Proof American Silver Eagle.
- Ships to you in a commemorative box with a Certificate of Authenticity.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 pure silver.
- Issued a face value of $1 (USD) by the United States government.
- “W” mint mark identifies the West Point Mint as the site of origin.
American Silver Eagle production may have been down slightly in 2012, but slightly is a relative term. After a then-record 40 million coins in 2011, the US Mint saw sales of 34.8 million American Silver Eagle coins in 2012. This type of drop is not surprising following an anniversary year, as the 20th anniversary year of 2006 was much higher than 2007.
The standard 2012-W Proof American Silver Eagle coin was struck with a total mintage of 877,731, which marks only a slight drop in production. The bullion coin was responsible for most of the drop, falling from 40 million in 2011 to 33.7 million in 2012.
In addition to the standard proof usually struck at the West Point Mint, the San Francisco Mint produced another proof and a reverse proof for the American Silver Eagle in 2012. The coins were produced and distributed along with the 2012 W Proof American Silver Eagle in a 3-coin set celebrating the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Mint.
On the obverse, as always, is the image of Walking Liberty. Created in 1916 by Adolph A. Weinman and featured on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar until 1947, it was one of the longest running coin designs in American history.
The reverse features John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle design, created in 1986. Mercanti assumed the post of Chief Engraver of the United States Mint in 1986, and remained there until his retirement in 2010.
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