The 2012 issue year of the Silver American Eagle might have marked a rare lull in the otherwise immensely busy 2000s for the series, but that didn’t mean it was a year without luster and interest. The 2012-S Silver American Eagle San Francisco Mint 75th Anniversary Two-Coin Set is available to you now online at Silver.com.
Coin Set Highlights:
- Ships to you in a commemorative US Mint box with Certificate of Authenticity.
- 26th year of availability for American Silver Eagle coins!
- Celebrates the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Mint!
- Mintage limited to 224,935 coin sets only.
- Consists of a total of Two Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Issued individual face values of $1 (USD) by the United States.
- Obverse includes Walking Liberty by Adolph A. Weinman.
- Reverse bears the Heraldic Eagle of the United States from John Mercanti.
When the Silver American Eagle bullion coins debuted in 1986, the San Francisco Mint was the production home of the coins. They remained there through the early 1990s, and since late 2011 the US Mint has had to revive the San Francisco Mint as a striking facility of the Silver American Eagle.
The 2012-S Silver American Eagle Two-Coin set available here was released in honor of the 75th anniversary of the US Mint’s San Francisco Mint facility. The original home of the Silver American Eagle’s bullion and proof coin production, it had been out of the production queue for years after coining moved to the Philadelphia and West Point Mints in the 1990s and early 2000s.
As of 2011 though, the San Francisco Mint had been pushed back into production to help meet immense demand for Silver American Eagle coins. These two-coin sets include a standard proof coin struck at the San Francisco Mint, as well as a reverse proof coin also struck at the San Francisco location. Both coins featured “S” mint marks.
Reverse proof silver coins swap the standard proof finishes. The background field is strong and frosted, while the raised design features of the coin have a deeply-mirrored, clear visual that creates immense contrast.
On the obverse side of all 2012-S Silver American Eagle Coins is the image of Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty. Representing the nation’s strides toward a brighter future, the image first appeared on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar from 1916 to 1947.
The reverse side bears John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle depiction. A chief engraver at the US Mint, Mercanti designed the image of a bald eagle behind a heraldic shield, with 13 stars above its head to represent the original colonies, and its talons clutching arrows and an olive branch.
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