The United States Mint was to begin accepting orders for the
Uncirculated 2012-W American Eagle 1-ounce silver dollar at noon
Eastern Daylight Time Aug. 2.
The beginning price for the coin is $45.95. However, as with all
products sold by the United States Mint containing precious metals,
pricing is subject to change to reflect changes in the spot price of silver.
The Uncirculated American Eagle silver dollar is struck on
specially burnished blanks at the West Point Mint and bears the W Mint
mark. Each coin is encapsulated in protective plastic and placed in a
blue presentation case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
The Uncirculated American Eagle silver dollar was added to the
Mint’s offering of collector products in 2006, during the program’s
20th anniversary. Up to that time, Mint officials marketed the
American Eagle silver bullion coin as “Uncirculated,” but after the
release of the new collector version, stopped using “Uncirculated” in
its promotional materials for the bullion program.
The finishes of the Uncirculated American Eagle silver dollar and
bullion coin version vary slightly. Planchets for the collector
version undergo an additional burnishing step not used for the bullion
coins, which has led collectors and dealers to refer to the finish the
Uncirculated coins bear as “Burnished Uncirculated.” Mint officials do
not use that latter term, however, in describing the coins.
The coin’s obverse features sculptor Adolph A. Weinman’s rendition
of Liberty as it appears on the Walking Liberty half dollar. The
design celebrates Liberty striding confidently toward the sunrise,
draped in the strength of the Stars and Stripes, and carrying branches
of laurel and oak in her arms to symbolize both civil and military glory.
The coin’s reverse design by former United States Mint
Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti, depicts a heraldic eagle with shield,
an olive branch in the right talon and arrows in the left.
Orders will be accepted at www.usmint.gov/catalog, or by
phone at 1-800-872-6468. Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with
TTY equipment may order at 888-321-6468.
A $4.95 shipping and handling charge will be added to all domestic orders.
There is no household order limit for the coin. ■