The Burnished Silver American Eagle is the most recent addition to the nation’s official silver bullion coin program. Launched in 1986, it was another 20 years until the burnished coin was introduced, with an eye toward attracting collectors interested in the perfect coin for display and exhibition purposes. Silver.com now offers the 2012-W Burnished Silver American Eagle.
- Issued a Mint State 70 grade from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Bears a “W” mint mark from the West Point Mint.
- Carries a $1 (USD) face value backed by the federal government.
- Contains 1 ounce of .999 pure silver.
- Ships in NGC sealed plastic slabs.
- Out of the 230,085 Burnished Silver Eagles minted in 2006, only 12,997 have been certified as an MS70 grade by NGC.
Burnished coins are struck by the United States Mint using a unique process derived from the same coining operation used to mint proof coins. Rather than using a burnished die cast, the Burnished Silver American Eagle coin is produced using burnished blanks. Each burnished blank, or planchet, is hand loaded into the coining press.
The NGC is one of the strictest grading services in the world, recognized for its stringent guidelines when it comes to evaluating the condition of coins. Each coin in this product listing has the highest possible grade, indicating that each still has its full, original luster. You’ll find no blemishes, contact marks, or hairlines anywhere on the surface of these burnished coins.
On the obverse side of the 2012-W Burnished Silver American Eagles is Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty image. First designed in 1916, it was originally featured on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar.
The reverse side of each coin bears the image of a heraldic eagle. Designed by US Mint chief engraver John Mercanti in 1986, the bald eagle depiction was created specifically for the Silver American Eagle program.
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