The U.S. Mint has established a price of $149.95 for the 2012
American Eagle San Francisco Two-Coin Silver Proof set.
The set goes on sale from the U.S. Mint beginning at noon Eastern
Daylight Time June 7.
Sales of the set will run through 5 p.m. EDT July 5. The U.S. Mint
plans to sell to meet demand, with no household ordering limits. A
counter at the Mint website will allow customers to track sales.
The current San Francisco Mint facility marked its 75th
anniversary on May 15.
Notice of the pricing, dated May 29, was posted June 1 on the
Both of the coins in the set bear the S Mint mark of the San
The two-coin set of American Eagle silver dollars features a Proof
2012-S American Eagle and a Reverse Proof 2012-S American Eagle.
The Proof coin features laser-frosted devices against highly
mirrored fields. To achieve the finish, the entire faces of both the
obverse and reverse dies are first auto-polished; then the raised
devices and legends (incuse in the dies) are frosted by a laser
wielded by a robot following a computer-programmed template.
For the Reverse Proof dies, the incuse devices and legends (which
will be raised on a struck coin) are manually polished using a rotary
polishing tool and various grits of polishing paste containing crushed
diamonds. After any polishing paste and residue is removed, each die
is then placed into the laser-frosting device, which follows a
computer-programmed template to frost the flat fields.
The finished planchets on which both coins are struck are highly
polished and treated with a light coating of mineral oil to reduce
friction and assist the release of the struck coin from the dies in
the coining chamber.
Customers may place orders for the two-coin 2012 sets online at www.usmint.gov/catalog or by
phone at 800-872-6468. Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY
equipment may order by calling 888-321-6468.
The U.S. Mint switched to a specified ordering period with no
household ordering limits for the 2012 sets after the public outcry
involving sales of the five-coin 2011 25th Anniversary American Eagle
Silver Coin Sets.
All 100,000 2011 sets were sold in less than five hours on the
opening day of sales Oct. 27. Mint customers reported encountering
problems ordering the sets both by phone and online over the Mint website.
Mint officials settled on 100,000 sets for the edition of the 2011
25th Anniversary American Eagle Silver Coin sets based on the
availability of blanks and production capacity at the Mint facilities
where the coins were struck. ■