Making its debut today, June 7, 2012, from the United States Mint was the 2012 American Eagle San Francisco Two-Coin Silver Proof Set. Pricing of the new set is $149.95, plus the US Mint's standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95 per order.
The US Mint has not placed a maximum mintage or household ordering limit on the set. Instead, the two-coin product will be available for ordering for four weeks ending on July 5, at 5 PM ET.
Included as part of the set are two 2012 American Eagle Silver Coins. Both are struck to proof quality at the US Mint's facility in San Francisco and appear together in one custom blue lacquer presentation case accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
The two coins of the set include a 2012-S Proof American Silver Eagle and a 2012-S Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle. As previously mentioned, both are struck at the US Mint's facility in San Francisco and thus bear the appropriate 'S' mintmark.
This makes the two coins of the set extremely desirable to many collectors as standard Proof Silver Eagles are struck at the US Mint's facility in West Point. The last time a numismatic Silver Eagle was released with an 'S' mintmark was last year when an uncirculated version appeared as part of the American Silver Eagle 25th Anniversary Set.
Making the set even more unique is the fact that one of the coins is struck with a reverse proof finish. Standard US Mint proof coins features frosted devices and a mirror-like background while this reverse proof coin features mirror-like devices and a frosted background.
All Silver Eagles contain the same designs including an obverse of "Walking Liberty." This design was originally created by Adolph A. Weinman and first appeared on the 1916-1947 half dollar coin. The reverse showcases a heraldic eagle with shield and was designed by US Mint engraver John Mercanti.
Buyers may place an order for the 2012-S American Silver Eagle Two-Coin Proof Set through the U.S. Mint online store at catalog.usmint.gov or by calling the bureau at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). As previously mentioned, there are no per household order limits or maximum mintage in place.