2013 American Silver Eagle West Point Two-Coin Set

April 10, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

The 2013 American Silver Eagle West Point Two-Coin Set scheduled for release by the United States Mint on May 9, 2013 is likely to be one of the most popular numismatic products of the year.

2013-W Enhanced Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Coin

The 2013-W Enhanced Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Coin is one of the two coins in the West Point set.

That expected popularity is due to the set’s two unique American Silver Eagle coins. Silver Eagles always prove interesting to collectors even under normal circumstances.

Since both silver coins will not be available outside of the two-coin set, demand will be much higher. In addition, one of the two Silver Eagles has enhanced details created through a new laser frosting technique just introduced by the U.S. Mint.

Known as the 2013-W Enhanced Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Coin, the strike is different than any other released in the 27-year history of the Silver Eagle program. The differences are created through polishing and laser frosting methods applied to the dies that then go on to be used to strike the actual silver coins.

2013-W Enhanced Uncirculated Silver Eagle Obverse

2013-W Enhanced Uncirculated Silver Eagle Obverse

Resulting products are said to "pop" as a coin’s images showcase a level of detail never before offered.

"We have an opportunity now to show the artistry and to try to perfect how things are depicted on coins," Tom Jurkowsky, U.S. Mint Director of Public Affairs, noted during a telephone news conference.

The enhanced uncirculated Silver Eagle still features the same basic design as all other American Silver Eagle coins, including an obverse of "Walking Liberty" by Adolph A. Weinman and a heraldic eagle with shield reverse by John Mercanti. However, for the first time, the sides will showcase enhanced detail through the use of three different finishes.

2013-W Enhanced Uncirculated Silver Eagle Reverse

2013-W Enhanced Uncirculated Silver Eagle Reverse

It will be just the third U.S. Mint coin produced using the new polishing and laser frosting technique. The other two are the recently issued 2013 proof 5-Star Generals gold and silver coins.

The second issue in the 2013 American Silver Eagle West Point Two-Coin Set is a reverse proof, similar to the one released last year in the two-coin set from San Francisco. An image of it is below.

2013-W Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle Coin

This 2013-W Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle Coin is the second coin in the two-coin set from West Point

For the upcoming set, both silver coins are produced at West Point and feature "W" mint marks.

Price, Mintage and 4-Week Ordering Window

The United States Mint first published a set price of $149.95. Due to plunging silver prices, the Mint on April 19, 2013 announced that its price was reduced to $139.95.

2013 American Silver Eagle West Point Two-Coin Set

2013 American Silver Eagle West Point Two-Coin Set in Presentation Case

Like last year’s San Francisco set, the 2013 American Silver Eagle West Point Two-Coin Set does not have a pre-determined mintage limit. Instead, collector demand will decide its final mintage. There are also no household ordering limits. Sales of the set will be open for a four-week window. Ordering will begin through the U.S. Mint website (www.usmint.gov) at noon ET on May 9, 2013 and conclude at 5 p.m. ET on June 6, 2013.

This article will be updated if any information about the two-coin set changes. It was last edited on April 21, 2013 to include the lower price.

Comments

3 Responses to “2013 American Silver Eagle West Point Two-Coin Set”
  1. william p dator says:

    I love the silver eagle program! All coins from 1986 to date are collectable in 69 grade or 70.The ER
    blue is my favorite label,as you can collect every coin 2006 to date.MS coins and PROOF coins in brown
    labels 1986 to date are collectable also.The silver eagle program was a bit boring until 2006 except for1995 W and the 2000 millennium sets.I personally like NGC labels best for their variety and clean
    look.I have my coin in display boxes such as all 8 coins of 2012.blue label 70.retro label 69.All so all
    5 W burnished with rev of 07 er blue label 70.brown 70.I have mercantii pcgs 70 SF set with (s) and
    C&C coins in 4 coin display boxes.ALL 3 rev proof retro labels with all W proof retro 06 11 12,that is
    some of the 35 display boxes I have put together.It is also why I don’t care much for pcgs labels as
    Mercanti signature takes up the front and all the info on back,and in a display box you can’t see it.

  2. Netghost says:

    They should of limited these sets to 5 per household. Order the 1st day of sale and they will not ship my sets for 3 Months, 08/08/13. In the meantime, the KING PIN dealers get their 1000′s of sets to NGC and PGS within the 30 day First Strike & Early Release dates. This is WRONG!

  3. TERRY says:

    I agree with Netghost. The new system of taking orders a month doesn’t work for the collector. I only works for the big coin distributors. They have had their sets for sale on tv for 3 weeks. The early release time limit is almost up and I ordered the 1st day 5/9/13 and still haven’t recieved my 1 set. This new system stinks. The old way was much better with mintage limits and 1st come 1st served!

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