Customers will be able to place orders with the U.S. Mint beginning
at noon ET March 23 for the Proof 2017-W American Eagle silver dollar.
The numismatic product is priced at $53.95 each, with no product
limit or household order restriction.
The Proof 1-ounce .999 fine silver coin will see a return of the
pre-2016 reeded edge applied with a close collar die. The close
collar, bearing the reeded edge design, rises from the platform and
surrounds the obverse hammer and reverse anvil dies during the
striking process, acting to contain the flow of the metal in the
planchet and apply the reeding as the planchet is struck.
By law, the Proof 2016-W American Eagle silver dollar forsook its
edge reeding for one year to instead bear an inscription marking the
30th anniversary of the American Eagle silver coin series. The
Uncirculated 2016-W American Eagle silver dollar was also mandated to
carry the 30th anniversary edge inscription.
The incuse 30TH ANNIVERSARY was imparted by one segment of a
three-piece collar. On both the Proof and Uncirculated 2016-W coins,
the inscription was oriented right side up at the 6 o'clock position,
relative to the obverse. The other two sections of the three-piece
collar had a smooth finish. Use of three segments allowed them to
separate and avoid destroying the just impressed edge inscription as
the coin was ejected from the striking chamber.
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