The United States Mint’s first numismatic product of the new year —
the Proof 2018-W American Eagle silver dollar — is now available for purchase.
The .999 fine silver coin went on sale Jan. 4 at noon Eastern Time.
The coin is the latest in a nearly annual issue of the Proof version
of the 1-ounce silver coin in the American Eagle series. The only gap
in its production occurred in 2009, when the Mint canceled production
so it could meet then-unprecedented demand for the bullion version of
the coin. The bullion and numismatic versions of the coin use the same planchets.
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The West Point Mint coin just released is the first of two Proof
2018 American Eagle silver dollars to be offered this year. A second
version, struck at the San Francisco Mint and bearing that facility’s
S Mint mark, will be offered sometime in the summer individually.
In addition to being sold individually, both of the two versions
will also be offered in other products.
The Proof 2018-W coin goes on sale Jan. 11 in different packaging in
the 2018 Congratulations set. The coin in the set, which features no
other coins, is identical to the coin that went on sale Jan. 4; only
the packaging differs. The coin in its standard packaging is generally
aimed at the collector market, while the Congratulations set packaging
is targeted at buyers who might be looking for a “congratulations”
gift with a numismatic theme for a recipient that may not be a coin
collector (the Mint suggests the set be purchased as a gift for a
wedding, anniversary, retirement, graduation, or birthday).
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The standard version is encapsulated and packaged in a satin-lined
blue velvet presentation case with a certificate of authenticity. The
Congratulations set packaging consists of a fold-out
greeting-card-like cardboard holder with the coin housed in protective plastic.
The Proof 2018-S American Eagle silver dollar will probably be
offered in the 2018 Limited Edition Silver Proof set, which will also
contain Proof silver versions of the 2018-S Roosevelt dime, five
America the Beautiful quarter dollars, and the Kennedy half dollar.
This set is scheduled for release sometime in the fall.
The standard version of the 2018-W coin is priced at $55.95. Pricing
for the Congratulations set was unavailable at the time this article
Since its debut in 1986, the obverse of this coin has featured
Adolph A. Weinman’s full-length figure of Liberty in full stride,
enveloped in folds of the flag, with her right hand extended and
branches of laurel and oak in her left. Its reverse continues to
feature former Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle
with shield, an olive branch in the talons of its right foot and
arrows in its left.
Orders will be accepted at the Mint
website and at 1-800-872-6468.