2012 American Eagle Silver Proof Coins Debut From US Mint

by US Coins Today on April 13, 2012

in Silver Coins

2012 Proof American Silver Eagle (US Mint image)

The United States Mint has released the 2012 American Eagle Silver Proof Coins. These strikes went on sale beginning at Noon (Eastern) on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

Buyers may purchase the 2012 Proof Silver Eagles for $59.95, plus the Mint's standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95 per order. No household order limit is in place on the coins.

Proof quality versions of the American Silver Eagle Coins date back to 1986. They debuted that year along with the bullion version of the Silver Eagle. Both have featured the same obverse and reverse designs since their debut.

This includes an obverse likeness of "Walking Liberty" by noted artist Adolph A. Weinman. The design first graced the 1916-1947 half dollar coin and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful to ever appear on a US coin. The reverse shows a heraldic eagle with shield design by James Mercanti.

Proof Silver Eagles have proven to be a popular product with collectors in the past. Last year, in just six days a total of 367,623 were ordered from the US Mint. In 2010, buyers snatched up 273,212 of them in just three days.

Some of that initial excitement for the 2010 release may be explained by the fact that none of the proof Eagles were struck in 2009. At the time, the Mint was struggling with demand for the bullion Silver Eagles so it cancelled proof production. It was the only year in which the numismatic Eagle was not released since 1986. Since then, collectors have literally purchased millions of the coins to add to their collection.

Collectors may order the 2012 Proof American Silver Eagle from the United States Mint website at http://catalog.usmint.gov or by calling the bureau’s toll free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). It should be noted that while the initial price point of $59.95 may stand, all precious metal coin prices from the US Mint are subject to change based on recent market activity.

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