The United States Mint entered 2006 prepared to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its now-beloved American Eagle series. Both the American Silver Eagle and the Gold Eagle were introduced as the official bullion coins of the nation in 1986, and the Mint was ready to honor the coin’s monumental anniversary in 2006. The 2006-W Proof American Silver Eagle Coin is now available from JM Bullion.
- Total proof mintage in 2006 of 1,092,477 coins!
- 20th Anniversary of the American Silver Eagle program!
- Ships to you in a commemorative display box, and features a Certificate of Authenticity.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 pure silver.
- Issued a face value of $1 (USD) by the United States government.
- Bears the “W” mint mark of the West Point Mint.
2006 was a banner year for the American Silver Eagle coin program. First and foremost, it marked the 20th anniversary of the coin program. The United States Mint bumped production of the standard bullion coins by nearly 2 million, and an additional 200,000 Proof American Silver Eagle coins were struck as well.
These mintage figures were the second largest in program history to date. For the bullion version, it was the second highest behind 1987, and the highest for the Proof American Silver Eagle since its 1986 debut issue. The bump for the proof version remains the largest one-year increase in the program’s 30-year history.
In addition to these standard bullion and proof coins, the United States Mint introduced a new burnished version of the American Silver Eagle in 2006. These coins were minted at a level of 466,573 coins. There was also a production of 248,875 reverse proof American Silver Eagle coins used in a 3-coin set that featured the 2006-W Proof American Silver Eagle and the all-new burnished coin.
As always, the image of Walking Liberty was featured on the obverse of the coins. John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle remains the centerpiece of the reverse design on the American Silver Eagle.
The United States Mint now had the West Point Mint facility striking three versions of the American Silver Eagle on a regular basis, which requires nearly round-the-clock striking to match demand. The reverse proof available in 2006 was struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. A JM Bullion associate is available at 800-276-6508, online using our live web chat, and via email.