The American Silver Eagle Coin is minted annually by the US Mint since 1986. The US Mint produces only enough coins that they think they will be able to sell to investors. American Silver Eagle Mintages vary year to year based on investor demand.
Annual American Silver Eagle Mintage Numbers
The Liberty Coin Act of 1985 authorized the US Mint to create the first American Silver Eagle coins in 1986. The law set base design specifications and standards for the Silver Eagles that includes:
- The coins will be 40.6 millimeters in diameter and weigh 31.103 grams
- Each coin will contain .999 fine silver
- Each coin will feature a design symbolic of Liberty on the obverse side and of an eagle on the reverse side
- Each coin will be inscribed with the of the year of minting or issuance, the words ‘Liberty’, ‘In God We Trust’, ‘United States of America’, ‘1 Oz. Fine Silver’, ‘E Pluribus Unum’, and ‘One Dollar’
- Each coin will have reeded edges
The Liberty Coin Act took effect on October of 1985 with instructions that the first coins would be released in September of 1986.
Many collectors want to buy an American Silver Eagle coin from each mintage year to build a complete set.
There are several Silver Eagle Dollar Coins that have continued to rise in price due to their rarity and demand from investors and collectors. The 1996 Silver Eagle Bullion Coin was the lowest mintage to date, with only 3.6 million coins produced. Even coins in poor condition can fetch high premiums.
The release of the 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle coin in November 2019 was met by incredibly high demand due in part to it’s limited mintage. The coin was limited to just 30,000 coins making it the lowest mintage of any variety of American Silver Eagle coin. This coin sold out from the US Mint website in under 15 minutes.
For Proof American Silver Eagles, the previously rarest coin was the 1995-W. Only around 30,000 coins were produced that year with the West Point mint mark. The coin was only available as part of a special 10th anniversary set.
Silver Eagle Mintage by Year
|2006-P Rev Pr||248,875|
|2011-P Rev Pr||99,882|
|2012-S Rev Pr||224,935|
|2013- W Rev Pr||235,689|
|2017||18,065,500||(W) – 389,994
(S) – 123,906 3
|2018||15,700,000||(W) – 352,141
(S) – 158,761
|2019 1||14,863,500 1||(W) – 319,086
(S) – 123,077
|2019-W Rev Pr||99,911 4|
|2019-S Enh Rev Pr||30,0002|
1 – Sales totals through November 30, 2019.
2 – Announced Mintage
3 – The 2017-S Proof Coin was released in two special sets. One called the “Congratulations Set” (17RF) with an announced mintage of 75,000 units. The other “Limited Edition Proof Set” (17RC) with an announced mintage of 50,000 units. Sales records show 48,906 Limited Edition Proof Sets sold. Sales records do not indicate how many Congratulations Sets were sold that year.
4 – The 2019-W Rev Proof was released as part of the “Pride of Two Nations” set (19XB)
Source: USMint.gov Sales Reports