The Silver American Eagle coin program went through 20 years of production before any serious expansion of the program took place. Aside from occasional special-edition coins, no coin had been added to the series. A unique burnished coin was introduced in 2006, and the 2006-W 1 oz Burnished Silver American Eagle Coin PCGS MS70 is now available from Silver.com.
- Issued a perfect Mint State 70 grade from the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- “W” mint mark identifies coin as a product of the West Point Mint.
- Contains 1 ounce of .999 pure silver.
- Face value of $1 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Ships in PCGS sealed plastic slabs.
Burnished Silver American Eagle coins were introduced by the United States Mint in 2006. The coins in this product listing represent the first year of production in the series, which includes just a 1 oz. weight like the bullion and proof coins in the series.
The PCGS is one of the two strictest coin grading services in the world. In order for coins to be graded MS70, it must have its full, original luster, and feature no blemishes, contact marks, hairlines, or any other detracting marks on its surface.
The burnished coins are struck using a special coining process at the US Mint. Rather than using a burnished die cast, as done in the production of proof coins, the Burnished Silver American Eagle process uses burnished blanks. These blanks, or planchets, are hand loaded into the coining presses during production.
As with all Silver American Eagle coins, the burnished coins feature Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty on the obverse, and John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle on the reverse.
The United States Mint has produced the burnished coins with greater regularity in recent years. After an initial three-year run, production was halted in 2009 and 2010.
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