- The U.S. Mint has issued some "Instant Rarities" over the years in the U.S. silver Eagle dollar series that began in 1986.
For the 10th Anniversary of the series, the Mint produced a 1995 West Point Mint Proof silver Eagle dollar with a mintage of just 30,125 coins, by far the scarcest of the proof issues thus far. This coin catalogs in the 2021 edition of A Guidebook Of United States coins
, commonly called the "Red Book," at $3,500.
The regular issue Uncirculated 1996 silver Eagle dollar has the lowest mintage of the bullion issues at 3,603,386. The " Red Book
" lists this issue at $65 (versus $24-40 for every other year of bullion issues).
The first two Reverse Proof silver Eagle dollars were issued in 2006 and 2011, with mintages of 248,875 and 99,882 respectively. These are cataloged in the " Red Book
" at $160 and $255.
The U.S. Mint issued its first Burnished Uncirculated W-Mint silver Eagle dollar in 2006, mintage 468,020, which catalogs for $75.
In 2011, the Mint issued its only Burnished Uncirculated S-Mint silver Eagle dollar with a mintage of 99,882, which is listed in the " Red Book
" at $225.
In 2013, the Mint issued an Enhanced Uncirculated silver Eagle dollar with a mintage of 281,310 that now lists in the " Red Book
" at $90.
Last year, the U.S. Mint issued its first Enhanced Reverse Proof silver Eagle dollar, with a mintage limit of 30,000 coins. The " Red Book
" catalogs this coin at $1,250.
In mid-2021, the U.S. Mint will replace the current reverse designs gold and silver American Eagles with new versions that will be used from then on.Read the entire article