The United States Mint’s Oct. 25 revised though still unaudited
sales report for the 2013 American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Silver
sets shows a 45,621-set drop from the June 6 closing sales figures.
The revised unaudited sales figures indicate 235,689 of the
two-coin sets were sold. When the U.S. Mint ended the sales period at
5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time June 6, the sales counter recorded sales
totaling 281,310 sets.
The two-coin set was issued to mark the West Point Mint’s 75th
anniversary as a Mint facility.
The two-coin set contains an Enhanced Uncirculated American Eagle
silver dollar and a Reverse Proof American Eagle silver dollar. Each
.999 fine silver coin, with a legal tender face value of one dollar,
was available only in the two-coin set.
Each set was sold for $139.95 each. Sales began at noon Eastern
Time May 9.
Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate
Communications, said Oct. 31 the difference in the closing unaudited
sales total for June 6 and the figure released Oct. 25 was the result
of customer returns and order cancellations. The cancellations were
the combined result of customers canceling orders before shipment from
the Mint and orders canceled by the Mint because customer credit cards
registered for payment had expired.
Audited, final sales figures are almost always lower than the
“final” sales number released immediately after a program’s close. For
the 2012 set of American Eagle silver dollars commemorating the 75th
anniversary of the current San Francisco Mint facility, the unaudited
final sales totaled 251,301 sets; more recently, Mint officials have
cited a not-yet-audited final figure of 224,981 sets for that program.
The sets are generally selling for premiums in the secondary market.
As of 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time Oct. 28, American Precious Metals
Exchange (www.apmex.com) was
offering the two-coin sets in the Mint-issued packaging at $174.99
each with payment by check or wire transfer, for one to four sets,
with per-set discounts for higher quantities. The price per set for
one to four sets, payment by credit card, was $180.24.
Two-coin sets — with the Enhanced Uncirculated coin graded Mint
State 70 by Professional Coin Grading Service and the Reverse Proof
coin graded PCGS Proof 70 — were being offered by APMEX for $299.99 if
paid for by check or wire, and for $308.99 if by credit card.
Numerous sets are available on eBay through auctions or with Buy
It Now prices. Sellers were offering the sets both certified and in
U.S. Mint packaging as issued.
Among the direct sale options with Buy It Now provisions were sets
offered in U.S. Mint packaging for $164.95, $179.99, $185.99, $195,
$215, $209.98 (still in sealed shipping box) and $379.29. Other sets
were offered in auction style, for sale to the highest bidder.
Other sets offered on eBay were for certified two-coin sets graded
by PCGS or Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Sets are being offered in Mint
State 70/Proof 70 and Mint State 69/Proof 69 options, including pieces
with First Strike and Early Release certifications (indicating that
they were among the first sets delivered to their original buyers by
PCGS MS-70/Proof 70 Buy It Now options included $280, $299.95,
$305, $309 (First Strike), $369 or Best Offer (Early Release), and
$579 (First Strike).
NGC MS-70/Proof 70 Buy It Now options included $280 (Early
Releases), $290 (Early Releases), and $295 (First Releases).
The Enhanced Uncirculated 2013-W American Eagle silver dollar has
multiple finishes on different elements of its design, resulting in a
distinct look for a coin struck by the U.S. Mint.
The fields on the Enhanced Uncirculated coin’s obverse and reverse
have a light frosted finish.
Each side also has two other finishes.
On the obverse of the coin, a brilliant polished finish was
executed on the mountains, what would be the red stripes and blue
field of the United States flag, the date and Liberty’s sandals. The
remaining elements and lettering on the obverse have the Mint’s
standard heavy frosted finish.
On the reverse, the ribbon in the eagle’s beak, alternate stripes
in the shield, the arrows and the oak branch all have a brilliant
polished finish. The lettering and other design elements on the
reverse have the heavy frosted finish.
On the Reverse Proof 2013-W American Eagle silver dollar in the
set, elements bear finishes opposite those of a regular Proof coin. A
regular Proof coin’s frosted devices contrast with polished, mirrored fields.
The Reverse Proof coin pairs polished devices with frosted fields. ■