2017 Proof American Eagle Silver Coins for Collectors Released

March 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest collector coin from the United States Mint, the 2017-W Proof American Eagle Silver Coin, is now available for $53.95. The U.S. Mint released it today at noon Eastern Time.

2017-W Proof American Eagle Silver Coin (obverse and reverse)

[Shown: 2017-W Proof American Eagle Silver Coin (obverse and reverse)]

Composed of an ounce 99.9% pure silver, the proof coin by year’s end will likely have the highest sales among the Mint’s products for collectors. The popular annual coin debuted in 1986 and is offered as a numismatic version of the bullion American Silver Eagle. Differences from the bullion coin include:

  • the proof finish, with frosty reliefs and mirror-like fields
  • the sharper detail, as a result of at least two strikings
  • the West Point Mint’s "W" mint mark
  • the use of specially treated and cleaned silver blanks
  • the use of specially polished dies
  • the use of special Mint-branded packaging, and
  • the inclusion of a certificate of authenticity

Adolph A. Weinman’s full-length figure of Liberty in full stride is featured on the silver coin’s obverse or heads side. The allegorical figure is wrapped in a flag, with laurel and oak in her left hand as her right hand extends forward. The image first appeared on 1917 silver half-dollars.

Reverses depict John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle with shield. An olive branch appears in the right talon with arrows in the left.

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


Buying Silver Eagles

Get this latest product for collectors straight from the United States Mint via its website at www.usmint.gov (here’s a link to the bureau’s silver coins) or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

The companion 2017 American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin launched on January 9th through the U.S. Mint’s network of authorized purchasers. Its sales through Wednesday totaled 7,637,500 coins. They are available from coin and bullion dealers for a few dollars above their silver value.

A release date for the numismatic 2017-W Uncirculated American Eagle Silver Coin is yet to be announced.

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