This is a little-known collector's opportunity in the world of American Eagle one ounce silver coinage. For 9 years only - in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 - a small percentage of Silver Eagles were minted from special "burnished" coin blanks at the West Point Mint. Now, late in 2016, the Mint is once again releasing these Burnished Silver Eagles for only the ninth time in its history.
Often referred to as "Burnished Uncirculated" or "Satin Finish" Silver Eagles, the Mint run for these coins is minuscule compared to other varieties of Silver Eagles. In a process similar to that used to create Proof American Eagle coins, the burnished blanks are hand-loaded one at a time into specially-adapted coining presses. Like the Proof American Eagles, these satin-finish coins carry the "W" mint mark of the United States Mint at West Point.
We have arranged for the very best coins to be immediately examined and certified, and the coins to be offered here have been independently graded by ANACS as in perfect Specimen Proof 70 (abbreviated SP70) condition. That makes these the rarest and most flawless Burnished Eagles of 2016. What's more, these coins are from the first day of release at the Mint, earning them the important "Inaugural Strike" designation of which there are just 187 specimens available. Each coin is encapsulated in a tamper-proof holder to protect its condition for the future and to preserve the "Inaugural Strike" certification. A deluxe wooden collector's case (a $20 value) is included at no charge.