Larger images of the 2013-W “Enhanced Uncirculated” American Silver Eagle are now available. These provide a much better look at the upcoming coin which will be included in an upcoming set to celebrate an anniversary of the West Point Mint.
Here is a large size image of the obverse. Click to open in maximum size.
Here is a large size image of the reverse. Once again click to open in full size.
According to the Mint, the coin features three different finishes. The fields carry light frost, while some elements of the design carry brilliant polish, and other elements of the design and inscriptions carry heavy frost.
The coins are struck three times, but not classified as proof.
This recent article on CoinWorld provides more technical details of the coin and its classification. The US Mint points out that they have used mutliple finishes on the same coin on prior occasions and most numismatic coins are struck multiple times with specially prepared dies.
The 2013-W Enhanced Uncirculated Silver Eagle will be included along with a 2013-W Reverse Proof Silver Eagle in a special West Point Anniversary Set. The exact anniversary marked by the set has been reported variously as the 75th anniversary of the facility or the 25th anniversary of gaining full mint status. The West Point Mint was constructed in 1937 (76 years ago?) and gained full mint status in 1988 (25 years ago). Both coins will be exclusive to the set.
There were previous indications that the sets would be available for a one month ordering window, reported variously as May 13 to June 13, 2013, “May/June 2013”, “May of June” and “the spring”. Pricing, product and ordering limits (if any) have not been announced.
Whatever the final details of this offering, it will certainly be one of the most anticipated US Mint numismatic offerings of the year.