2016 Proof American Eagle Silver Coin for 30th Anniversary

September 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States Mint at noon ET today started selling the 30th anniversary release of the 2016-W Poof American Eagle Silver Coin.


[Shown: 2016 Proof American Silver Eagle Coins – Sides, Edge and Case]

An annual product since introduced in 1986, this year’s coin is unique because it bears a flat or smooth edge with an inscription marking its anniversary milestone. All prior-year issues have reeded edges.

The edging change is for this year only, as mandated by Congress under the multi-faceted Public Law 114-94 (FAST Act), and it only applies to collector versions like this proof and the upcoming uncirculated Silver Eagle. The U.S. Mint has been selling the bullion 2016 Silver Eagle since January and it retains the standard reeded edge. Normally the proofs are released not too much longer after the bullion version, but the edging change caused a delay because the U.S. Mint had to create special tooling.

These silver coins are one of the U.S. Mint’s most popular collector products. Unaudited figures show sales of 699,623 for last year’s individually sold 2015-W Proof American Eagle Silver Coin. No other collector product for the year has comparable numbers, and the U.S. Mint actually ended sales of last year’s coin early.

Coin Specifications

Denomination: Dollar
Composition: 99.9% Silver
Weight: 1.000 troy oz. (31.103 grams)
Diameter: 1.598 inches (40.60 mm)
Thickness: 0.120 inch (3.05 mm)
Edge: Reeded
Mint and Mint Mark: West Point — W


Adolph A. Weinman’s full-length figure of Liberty in stride appears on the obverse of the silver coin, just as it has been since the series first debuted. The allegorical figure is wrapped in a flag, with laurel and oak in her left hand as her right hand extends forward. Reverses depict John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle with shield. An olive branch appears in the right talon with arrows in the left.


Priced at $53.95, buy the silver coin  at catalog.usmint.gov or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no mintage limits or ordering restrictions.

In addition to this release, the same proof coin will be included 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set and in the 2016 Congratulations Set.

The uncirculated collector version has not yet been scheduled for release, although the U.S. Mint said it will be available later for $44.95.

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