The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2012-W Uncirculated Silver Eagle. This represents a collectible version of the popular bullion coin which is struck on specially burnished blanks and carries the “W” mint mark.
The American Silver Eagle obverse design features Adolph A. Weinman’s classic Walking Liberty design used for the circulating half dollar from 1916 to 1947. The reverse design features a heraldic eagle designed by John Mercanti which has been used for the bullion and collector series each year since 1986. Each coin is struck in .999 fine silver with a weight of 1 troy ounce.
The uncirculated 2012-W Silver Eagle has been priced at $45.95 per coin. This price was established through publication in the Federal Register dated July 2, 2012 when the market price of silver was $27.36 per ounce.
No maximum mintage has been established for the offering and no household ordering limits are in place.
The collectible uncirculated version of the Silver Eagle was introduced in 2006 as part of two separate 20th Anniversary Sets. The US Mint later offered an individual ordering option for the product. For the following two years, the coins were offered both individually or as part of the Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set. For 2009 and 2010, the product was canceled due to the demand for bullion coins. The offering was resumed in 2011 as an individual option and within the 25th Anniversary Set.
This year’s coin is also expected to be included within the 2012 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set, scheduled for release on September 6, 2012.