2012's Rarest Silver Eagle: The West Point Mint Burnished
The Silver Eagle is currently the #1 Silver Dollar in the world today, and it is easy to see why! Alongside it's iconic and beautiful design the Silver Eagle also hits what we like to call the "Silver Dollar Trifecta"...it is the largest silver dollar ever minted by the United States(at 40.6 mm), it is our purest silver dollar (minted from .9993 silver), and it is also our heaviest (weighing 31.101 grams)!
Back in 2012 we saw the regular issue Silver Eagle mintage total come up just shy of 34 million, with the total mintage increasing each and every year since. With more silver eagles being minted than ever before, the collector's focus is shifting towards the rarer "types" of silver eagles released within each year. The rarest form of silver eagle released in 2012 was the special "Burnished" finish silver eagles from West Point Mint (also known as "Satin Finish" Silver Eagles).
Did you know? Starting in 2000, U.S. Mint has minted Silver Eagles at the iconic West Point Mint.
A True Collecting Rarity: The Burnished
With the United States Mint's Silver Eagle program continuing to grow each year, it has solidified its position as the true leader in silver bullion coins. Unlike the Uncirculated coins released each year, the Burnished Silver Eagles are struck in extremely limited numbers. In fact, with a mintage of just 226,120 the 2012 "Satin Finish" Silver Eagle is just under 4 times rarer than the Proof Silver Eagle (mintage of 877,731) from that year!
When you compare the mintages of the Uncirculated Silver Eagles and their "Satin Finish" counterparts, it becomes clear that the burnished coins are a true rarity and an absolute MUST for any silver eagle collection!
The Numbers Don't Lie: want to know how it compares to the regular issue? Try just shy of 150 times rarer! (33,742,500 regular mintage vs. 226,120 Burnished Mintage)