To mark the 75th anniversary of the current San Francisco Mint
facility, the U.S. Mint production facility will strike Proof and
Reverse Proof 2012-S American Eagle silver dollars for a commemorative
two-coin set that goes on sale for a four-week period later this year.
The four-week ordering period for the 2012 American Eagle San
Francisco Two-Coin Silver Proof set will begin at noon Eastern
Daylight Time June 7 and run through 5 p.m. EDT July 5.
The set will comprise the two coins encapsulated and packaged
together in a custom-designed, highly polished, lacquered hardwood
presentation case and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Both coins will bear the “S” Mint mark of the San Francisco Mint.
The U.S. Mint also offers a Proof 2012-W American Eagle silver
dollar as a separate numismatic product, but that coin is struck at
the West Point Mint.
According to Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of
Public Affairs, the two-coin sets will be produced to demand, allowing
all customers who place orders during the designated time to acquire
Jurkowsky said April 23 that U.S. Mint officials re-evaluated how
it brings special products to market, based on feedback from customers
concerning the sale of the 2011 American Eagle 25th Anniversary Silver
As a result, the U.S. Mint is giving customers the opportunity to
order this special product without ordering limits and for a specific
time period only, Jurkowsky said.
The five-coin 25th Anniversary set, with a maximum release of
100,000 sets, sold out in less than five hours during its inaugural
day of sales Oct. 27, 2011.
Customers will have the opportunity to order the 2012-S two-coin
set for a longer period without facing a near-immediate sellout like
that experienced with the American Eagle 25th Anniversary set,
The U.S. Mint’s contracted order fulfillment center in Plainfield,
Ind., will begin shipping the two-coin sets starting in late July,
Initial pricing for the sets will be established close to the
on-sale date based on the market price of silver at the time, and will
be evaluated weekly during the sales period.
Jurkowsky said all orders accepted will be processed and fulfilled
on a first-in, first-served basis, according to existing United States
For the first time, the U.S. Mint will place a “sales odometer” on
its website at www.usmint.gov to
track daily sales of the set during the ordering window from June 7 to
July 5. Jurkowsky said updates would be posted at 3 p.m. EDT each day
from Monday through Friday during the four-week ordering period. ■