Can you tell me how many of the Proof 1995-W American Eagle silver
dollars have been submitted to grading services? As you know, these
were only available in the American Eagle 10th anniversary sets from
the U.S. Mint. If this number is known, is it possible to know how
many of the 10th Anniversary sets remain intact? I have the 10th, 20th
and 25th anniversary sets and wonder how many of these sets may be available.
Some background for the benefit of our readers: In Coin
World’s November 2011 Special Edition, Paul Gilkes wrote a
feature story on the American Eagle silver dollar program. Regarding
the Proof 1995-W American Eagle silver dollar, which was part of a
five-coin set including four American Eagle gold coins, he wrote: “In
1995, Mint officials decided to celebrate the 10th year of production
for the gold and silver bullion coin programs by offering a special
Proof 1995-W American Eagle silver dollar, the first Proof of the type
to be struck at the West Point Mint. Until 1995, all of the Proof
versions had been struck at either the San Francisco Mint or the
Philadelphia Mint, with only one facility striking the Proof version
With only 30,125 strikes, the Proof 1995-W American Eagle silver
dollar is the key date of the series. As such, many were broken out of
their sets for grading purposes.
By accessing the population reports of Professional Coin Grading
Service, Numismatic Guaranty Corp., ANACS and other third-party
grading services, it is possible to tally the number of Proof 1995-W
silver dollars those services graded and encapsulated, but an estimate
of how many intact 10th anniversary sets survive based on that number
would be inaccurate, primarily because it is not known how many coins
among the recorded submissions were resubmitted and resubmitted again
for third-party grading.
Not only do collectors resubmit coins to the same grading service,
they will frequently submit coins from one service to another, in
hopes of achieving a better grade.
As well, it is impossible to know whether any of the Proof 1995-W
American Eagle silver coins have been lost or even stolen over the
past 16 years.
Examining the marketplace to see how many of these sets are
selling is probably as good a determiner as any for their current
availability, though it still won’t provide a rock-solid number.
Checking Internet auction websites such as eBay or contacting dealers
who advertise in Coin World may provide some information.
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