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1995-W American Silver Eagle NGC PF70UCAM

2021-05-05 16:26:00
1995-W American Silver Eagle NGC PF70UCAM
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1995-W American Silver Eagle NGC PF70UCAM


Since its release in 1986, the American Silver Eagle has become America’s most popular Silver Dollar. With a composition of .999 fine silver and a stunning heraldic eagle reverse designed by twelfth chief engraver of the U.S. Mint, John Mercanti, there is no question as to why this coin has risen to such a prominent status. There is one issue of this iconic coin, however, that stands out as the most significant American Silver Eagle to be produced: the 1995-W American Silver Eagle, commonly referred to as the “King of American Silver Eagles.” 

With a minuscule mintage of just 30,125 coins, the 1995-W has the second lowest mintage of the entire American Silver Eagle series. In fact, the only issue of the ASE with a lower mintage is the 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof, which has a mintage of 30,000 coins, just 125 coins less. What makes the 1995-W rarer and more desirable than the 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof is its Condition Rarity. Due to quality control issues of the time, only a minuscule 1,074 1995-W American Silver Eagles have been graded in perfect Proof 70 Ultra Cameo condition. 

The incredibly low mintage of the 1995-W issue is due to the unique circumstances surrounding its availability. These coins were only available with the purchase of a special release set celebrating the 10th anniversary of the American Silver Eagle and Gold Eagle programs. These sets consisted of $5, $10, $25, and $50 Proof American Gold Eagles and were priced at $999. With the purchase of one of these sets, customers were able to opt in for a limited edition 1995-W Silver Eagle. However, the price of this five coin set was so high that many customers simply chose not to purchase it at all, ensuring only a tiny number of coins were struck. Years later, the 1995-W Silver Eagle is now far more popular and more valuable than the entire set of gold coins. 


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Denomination $1
Series American Silver Eagle
Composition Silver
Year 1995
Mint West Point (W)
Grade PF70UCAM
Mintage 30,125
Population in Grade 1,074
Finer Known Examples None
Designation Condition Rarity