As a reminder, the United States Mint today, August 2, released the 2012-W American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin.
As the bureau has tended to do more frequently with prior-year products, it also continues to sell last year’s uncirculated coin. Both are priced at $45.95.
The U.S. Mint has not indicated the length of time the 2012-W American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin will remain available. Having been released last September with current sales of 297,629, the older issue may not have a hard cut of date but instead sales could continue sold until the inventory is depleted.
For more details about this year’s coin, check out this Coin Collecting News article. The 2011-2012 uncirculated coins may be purchased at the U.S. Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Uncirculated American Silver Eagle most resemble their bullion counterpart which are struck for investors. As a collectible product, the uncirculated coins can readily be identified by the location of a "W" mint mark on the reverse. The uncirculated Eagles are encapsulated in plastic, placed in a protective outer box and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity that also provides coin specifications.
All American Silver Eagle coins have a 99.9% pure silver composition, a weight of one ounce, a diameter of 1.598 inches and a thickness of 0.113 inches. The series debuted in 1986 with the bullion and proof versions. The uncirculated coins did not join the series until 2006.
Check out this linked article for an overview of upcoming Eagles and Sets.