Today, March 26, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will start accepting orders for the 2015-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle. This represents a collectible uncirculated version of the popular bullion coin.
The US Mint introduced the collectible uncirculated or “burnished” version of the Silver Eagle in 2006. That year the coins were first incorporated into the 20th Anniversary Set and subsequently offered individually. For the following two years, the coins were offered individually as well as within the Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set. The offering was canceled in 2009 and 2010, but made a return in 2011 as an individual offering as well as within the 25th Anniversary Set. From 2012 onwards, the coins have been offered individually as well as within the Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set.
The 2015-W Uncirculated Silver Eagle carries Adolph A. Weinman’s iconic design featuring a full length depiction of Lady Liberty with one hand outstretched and the other carrying branches of oak and laurel. She walks confidently forward towards the rising sun. The reverse design by John Mercanti features a heraldic eagle with a shield at its chest and an olive branch and bundle of arrows in its talons.
Each coin is struck in .999 fine silver with a weight of 1.0000 troy ounces and diameter of 40.60 mm.
The coins are offered for sale individually, packaged in a blue velvet, satin-lined presentation case and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. There are no mintage or household ordering limits established.
The price of the offering is $39.95. This compares to regular pricing of $43.95 for the prior year offering, although the coins were also available at the discounted price of $39.55 if ordered through the US Mint’s online subscription program. The subscription program discount is no longer available.
The annual sales level for the collectible uncirculated Silver Eagle seems to be bouncing back after hitting a low of 221,981 for the 2013-W issue (broken down between 178,941 individual sales and 43,040 through the Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set. The 2014-W issue reached individual sales of 224,532 at the time of sell out and the 2014 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set has reached sales of 26,336 units according to this week’s sales report. Across both options, this makes for 250,868 pieces and climbing since the set option still remains available for sale.