Mintages released by the U.S. Mint for 2015 American Eagle silver bullion
coins are correct, but some information officials disclosed, and that
certifiers used to identify which facility produced a coin, is erroneous.
U.S. Mint officials expect to provide additional information by June 30.
Last minted in 1909, Indian Head cent still a
Our first monthly issue of the summer is rich with Indian Head cent
insights, along with “State quarters” for world coin collectors — a
Mint officials admitted in a statement provided May 25 to
World that details issued March 20 pursuant to Freedom of
Information Act requests filed independently by Coin World and
Guaranty Corp. in February involve confusion over the internal
manufacturing tracking numbers on the 500-coin shipping boxes.
“It has come to the Mint’s attention that some of the information
that was released on March 20 was erroneous,” according to the U.S.
Mint’s May 25 statement. That information, according to the Mint’s
statement, “has resulted in a mistaken belief that some of these coins
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According to U.S. Mint officials, the mintage of 79,640 2015
American Eagle silver bullion coins at the Philadelphia Mint is
correct. That number is a mere fraction of the nearly 47 million coins
struck at the West Point Mint.
2015 (P) American Eagle silver bullion coins certified Mint State 70
by some third-party grading services are being sold on the secondary
market for thousands of dollars, each based on the assumption the
coins are Philadelphia Mint strikes. The silver bullion coins bear no
Mint mark referencing the Mint facility where they were struck, but
grading services have been using information the Mint provided in
March to identify coins taken from sealed Mint boxes that still bore
their Mint seals.
Mint officials consider the bullion issues, regardless of where
struck in a given year, to be “homogenous,” adding, “The Mint’s goal
is to ensure that the American Eagle silver bullion coins struck at
any of these three facilities [West Point, Philadelphia and San
Francisco] are identical and indistinguishable from one another,”
according to the Mint’s May 25 statement.