2011-W Burnished American Silver Eagle
GEM Brilliant Uncirculated 2011-W Burnished Silver Eagle
These "special issue" American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coins are struck on specially burnished blanks and are quite possibly the most popular and sought after U.S. Mint issue of each year. This coin offers buyers a new highly collectible version of the popular American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin and features a finish similar to its bullion coin counterpart. However, unlike the regular bullion issue, this coin also bears the prized "W" mintmark reflecting its striking at the United States Mint at West Point.
The obverse design features Adolph A. Weinman's stunning Walking Liberty design dating back to 1916, with an ever hopeful Liberty striding confidently toward the sunrise, draped in the strength of the Stars and Stripes carrying in her arms branches of laurel and oak to symbolize both civil and military glory.
The reverse design, by United States Mint sculptor John Mercanti, features a striking heraldic eagle with shield, and olive branch in the right talon and arrows in the left. The 2011-W American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin is encapsulated in plastic, placed in a protective outer box, and accompanied by a custom-designed Certificate of Authenticity.
The release of the 2011 burnished silver eagle was a pleasant surprise to collectors who suffered through a 3-year hiatus of this series. The 2008 burnished silver eagle was unexpectedly discontinued in late 2008 by the US Mint and never returned. The Mint explained that it was directing available blank silver planchets for the production of the bullion silver eagle coin program instead, which it is required by law to strike to meet demand. That demand was at record levels owing to the uncertain economy of the time and continued throughout 2009 and 2010. As a direct result, no 2009 or 2010 dated burnished silver eagles were produced at all. The return of the burnished silver eagle is great news to coin collectors and dealers alike! We have no idea how long these coins will be available so please order now to prevent disappointment.
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