On Thursday, May 9, 2013, the US Mint started selling its special two-coin silver set containing a reverse proof American Eagle silver coin and an enhanced uncirculated American Eagle silver coin.
Demand is extremely high for the sets with soaring first day sales discussed further below.
Both coins are produced for collectors, minted at the United States Mint facility in West Point, have a ‘W’ mintmark, contain one full ounce of 99.9% pure silver and feature the same designs as have been showcased on the American Eagle silver coin series since it was first released in 1986.
Commemorates West Point Mint
Officially named the 2013 American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Silver Set, it is produced to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the edifice that houses the West Point Mint. It will cost $139.95 to buy one, and there are no limits as to how many.
Mintage and Confined Ordering Window
With already heavy coverage on coin collecting news sites, most collectors already know that the two-coin silver set has a confined sales window of one month. The US Mint will produce them to meet the demand of coin collectors — there are no mintage limits, but ordering is limited from its noon ET release on Thursday through to 5 pm ET on June 6, 2013.
To help collectors keep track of the sales-ending time and how many have sold, there is banner at the top of the product page for the 2013-W American Eagle Two-Coin Silver Set that includes a sales or days left countdown and a running total of the approximate orders received through to 3 pm ET.
Early Sales for Two-Coin Silver Set
As alluded to earlier in this column, demand has been brisk for the sets. Here are some quick sales totals one-day into its release:
- Sales were close to 65,000 units after the first 90 minutes
- Sales reached 110,000 units by the first 3 hours and 45 minutes
- By 7:05 ET on Friday morning after its release, sales stood at 140,648
- By noon ET on Friday, one-day sales were 149,622
Two Unique Types of American Eagle Silver Coins in Set
One of the coins in the two-coin silver set, the most desired by collectors, is the 2013-W Enhanced Uncirculated American Eagle Silver Coin. It’s most desirable because one like it has never been released. Using new production techniques, the West Point Mint has created the American Eagle with three distinct finishes.
Design elements on the obverse or heads side of Eagle with an uncirculated finish include:
- the mountains,
- red stripes and blue parts of the American flag;
- the year; and
- Liberty’s sandals
All of the other elements and lettering on the obverse have a heavy frosted finish.
Design elements on the reverse with an uncirculated finish include:
- the ribbon in the eagle’s beak,
- olive branch,
- alternating stripes in the shield, and
- the border around the shield
The other elements and lettering on the obverse have a heavy frosted finish.
Finally, the fields on both sides have a brand new light frosted finish.
The second of the West Point Mint coins in the two-coin silver set has been seen before in special releases in 2006, 2011 and 2012. It’s the 2013-W Reverse Proof American Eagle Silver Coin.
A reverse proof has the finishes swapped — the mirror-like background finish of a traditional proof coin is instead applied to the design elements. This is done on the obverse and reverse sides.
Where to Order Sets, Coins Sold Only In Set
Visit the US Mint website at www.usmint.gov/catalog to place an order the 2013-W American Eagle Two-Coin Silver Set. Orders may also be called in at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Very important to collectors, the two American Eagle silver coins will only be available within the set. They will not be sold separately. The US Mint in some previous special sets has offered one of the coins outside of it, upsetting collectors. The US Mint stated that will not happen with these two coins.