Today, January 23, 2014, the United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2014 Proof American Silver Eagle. This represents a collector version of the popular .999 fine silver bullion coin.
The American Silver Eagle was introduced in 1986 to provide precious metals investors with a convenient and cost effective method for purchasing physical silver bullion. For each year of issue, with the exception of 2009, a proof version has been offered for collectors. These proof coins are extraordinarily brilliant with sharp relief and a mirror like background which contrasts with frosted design elements to create a cameo effect.
The 2014 Proof Silver Eagle features Adolph A. Weinman’s classic Walking Liberty design on the obverse paired with the former Chief Engraver John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle design on the obverse. The coins are struck in 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver at the West Point Mint and carry the “W” mint mark. Each coin is packaged in a blue velvet, satin lined display case and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
The initial pricing for this year’s coin is $52.95 plus applicable shipping and handling. There is no household ordering limit in place. Customer demand will determined the total number of coins minted.
In recent years, annual sales for the individual proof American Silver Eagle have exceeded 800,000. In 2011, the US Mint sold 850,000 before a sell out was declared. In 2012, sales reached 819,217. The prior year 2013-dated release reached individual sales of 868,494.