In 2001 a total of 746,398 Proof Silver Eagles where struck by the US Mint. Out of those, only 3,673 (W) coins have been certified by the NGC with a PF70 UCAM grade.
The 2001 mintage year for the Silver American Eagle not only marked the coin’s entrance into the 21st century, but also a turning point in production for the popular bullion coins. To this date in program history, the coins had been struck by two different mints, and would make a move to what has become its final home for production. Right now, the 2001-W 1 oz. Silver American Eagle is available with perfect certification and a beautiful finish on Silver.com.
- 3,942 coins in total earned this certification in 2001!
- Sixteenth annual production of Silver American Eagle proofs!
- Arrives in a protective plastic slab.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of $1 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Issued a grade of PF70 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Ultra-cameo finish.
- “W” mint mark identifies the West Point Mint as the production facility.
Silver American Eagle coins soared into the 21st century with greater demand and popularity than at any point in the program’s history. While the United States Mint celebrated the coin’s 15th anniversary of introduction, demand for the coins was peaking.
The 1990s marked a significant downturn in demand for both bullion and proof versions of the coin, with average mintage through the mid and late-1990s hovering around 5 million. In 2001, the US Mint produced a total of 9.7 million coins, with 9 million bullion coins and 746,398 proofs. That marked the highest mintage of proof coins in the series since 1987.
Additionally, 2001 marked the transition of production from the Philadelphia Mint to the West Point Mint. The proof Silver American Eagle had been struck at Philadelphia from 1994 to 2000, and the bullion coin in 1999 and 2000. Since 2001, both versions of the coin have been struck at West Point.
The 2001 Silver American Eagle proofs in this listing have perfect PF70 grades from the NGC, and UCAM designations for the finish. UCAM stands for ultra-cameo, and identifies a coin with strong, frosted design sets and deeply-mirrored, clear background fields.
Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty design graces the obverse of the Silver American Eagle. John Mercanti, former Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, created the modern heraldic eagle on the reverse.
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