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2013-W American Silver Eagle Enhanced Uncirculated

Specifications, Details and General Information

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2013-W American Silver Eagle Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Obverse  2013-W American Silver Eagle Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Reverse 
Obverse  Reverse 
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Background and History

The 2013-W American Silver Eagle Enhanced Uncirculated bullion coin will be the first coin produced by the United States Mint that uses three different contrasting finishes: mirrored brilliant, light frosted and heavy frosted. The new light frosted finish is a soft satin finish used on the field of the coin to gently disperse light that is reflected off of it.

On the obverse, the mountains in front of the sun, the lines on Lady Liberty's dress and the red and blue parts of the United States flag have a brilliant mirrored finish.  The remaining devices and lettering on the obverse have the standard heavy frosted finish. On the reverse, the ribbon in the eagle's beak, the arrows and oak branch all have a brilliant mirrored finish. The lettering and other devices on the reverse have the heavy frosted finish.  The fields on both sides of the coin have the new light frosted finish.

Each coin is struck with specially prepared dies at the West Point Mint facility. In order to bring out the three contrasting finishes, each coin is struck three times on burnished 99.9% silver planchets. Each planchet is hand fed into the coining press and inspected by the operator before it is sent on to be encapsulated and packaged.

According to the press release from the United States Mint on January 24, 2013:

Later this year, the United States Mint will also offer a special two-coin set of American Eagle Silver Coins, both of which will be struck at its facility at West Point, N.Y. The 2013 American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Silver Set (final product name subject to change) will include one American Eagle Silver Reverse Proof Coin and one American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin with an "enhanced" finish. (A "reverse proof" coin reverses the mirror-like background finish of a traditional proof coin and applies it to the design elements, creating a magnificent contrast.) These two coins will only be available in this special set. The bureau expects to begin accepting orders for the set in the spring. Pricing and other information will be available prior to its release.

Detailed Specifications

Issuing Government United States of America
Denomination $1.00 (One Dollar)
Coinage Type  Silver Bullion
Mintage Dates  2013
Production Facilities  West Point
Mint Mark Location   On reverse lower left beneath the olive branch in the eagle's claw
Composition  99.9% Silver
Weight  31.105  grams
Weight Tolerance (+/-) n/a
Actual Gold Weight  (AGW)  0.0000 Troy Ounces  
Actual Silver Weight  (ASW)  1.0000 Troy Ounces  
Actual Platinum Weight  (APW)  0.0000 Troy Ounces  
Specific Gravity  10.500
Diameter 40.60 mm 
Thickness   mm 
Edge Type Reeded
Obverse Description  Lady Liberty walking toward the sun, her right arm outstretched, her left arm carrying a bundle of branches, and with a flowing cape with stars on it. LIBERTY is above, IN GOD WE TRUST is to the lower right, and the date is below.
Obverse Designer  Adolph A. Weinman
Obverse Engraver John Mercanti
Reverse Description  Heraldic Eagle with Shield, symbolizing strength and endurance. Inscriptions: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 OZ. FINE SILVER ~ ONE DOLLAR, and E PLURIBUS UNUM on ribbon in eagle's beak.
Reverse Designer  John Mercanti
Reverse Engraver John Mercanti
KM# (Krause-Mishler Catalog No.)  n.a.
Notes  First coin produced with special "light frost" finish.

Production Years, Mints and Types

The 2013 American Silver Eagle Enhanced Uncirculated version was minted as indicated in the following table.  The table lists the years, strike type, mint facility where made, the mint mark used on the coin and a description of any type differences in coins minted for that year.

Year Mint Mint Mark Type
2013 West Point W Special enhanced finish

Errors and Varieties

The following are popular errors and varieties that Silver Eagle collectors look for. These coins usually carry a premium and are valued above a common coin.

Year Mint Mint Mark Error/Variety Notes/Description
None reported

Mintage Figures

The following table lists mint production figures for the 2013 American Silver Eagle Enhanced Uncirculated version that were produced at each mint facility. Where possible, production numbers by strike type are noted.

Year Mint Mint Mark Mintage Notes
2013 West Point W Not available.

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