Burnished American Silver Eagle Coins FAQs
A Burnished American Silver Eagle is a special version of the American Silver Eagle coin that is produced specifically for collectors. The term "burnished" refers to the unique finish and production process used for these coins. Here's what sets the Burnished American Silver Eagle apart:
Production Process: The burnishing process involves taking blank silver planchets (coin discs) and polishing them in a drum with a mixture of materials that give the planchets a smooth, matte-like finish. After burnishing, the planchets are then struck with the coin's design.
Finish: The result of the burnishing process is a coin with a soft, satin-like finish, which is different from the shiny, mirror-like finish of proof coins or the standard finish of bullion coins.
The Burnished Silver Eagles, also known as the Uncirculated or "W Uncirculated" Silver Eagles, are primarily produced at the West Point Mint. These coins typically bear the "W" mintmark to indicate their production at the West Point facility.
However, there was a special exception in 2011 when the San Francisco Mint produced a Burnished Silver Eagle bearing the "S" mintmark. This coin was released as part of the "American Eagle 25th Anniversary Silver Coin Set."
Yes, Burnished American Silver Eagles (ASE) typically have a mint mark to indicate where they were produced. The primary mint mark you'll find on a Burnished ASE is the "W," which signifies that the coin was produced at the West Point Mint.
However, there was a special release in 2011 when the San Francisco Mint produced a Burnished Silver Eagle for the "American Eagle 25th Anniversary Silver Coin Set." This particular coin bears the "S" mintmark to indicate its production at the San Francisco Mint.