On September 15, 2011, the United States Mint began sales of the 2011 American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coins. These collector coins are struck on specially burnished blanks and carry the “W” mint mark.
The Mint had previously offered collectible uncirculated versions of the Silver Eagle from 2006 to 2008. The product now makes its return after a two year hiatus.
The obverse design of the coin features the full figure of Liberty in flowing gown with the American flag draped across her shoulders. She walks towards a rising sun with one hand extended and the other holding branches of laurel and oak. This classic design by Adolph A. Weinman was used for the circulating half dollar from 1916 to 1947. The reverse design of the coin features a heraldic eagle with a shield at its chest, and olive branch and arrows grasped in its talons. This was designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti.
The 2011-W Uncirculated Silver Eagles are priced at $60.45 each. There is no maximum stated mintage and no household limits have been imposed. Each coin is packaged in a protective capsule and outer box, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Orders for the coin may be placed online at http://catalog.usmint.gov/
In late October, the US Mint plans to release a special 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Set that will also contain the coin. The five coin set would include a proof version of the coin, uncirculated versions of the coin from the West Point Mint and San Francisco Mint, a reverse proof version from the Philadelphia Mint, and the standard bullion version of the coin. The release details and pricing have not yet been announced.