2016-W Burnished American Silver Eagle - 30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary 2016 Burnished Silver Eagle
For 2016, celebrate the 30th anniversary of the popular 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. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the silver eagle, the words "30th ANNIVERSARY" are incused onto the smooth edge of the coin. The 2016-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 2016 burnished silver eagle marks the ninth coin of this series since 2006 (the inaugural year), since the 2009 and 2010 issues were completely skipped by the US Mint (none were minted) due to high demand during those years for the regular issue bullion silver eagle. The 2016 issue was released in early December 2016 which was the latest release ever in the series. This will likely keep the annual mintage low which may result in a higher value down the road.
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