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Saved from Destruction, Silver Eagle Proofs from the West Point Mint

Since its debut in 1986, more than 20 million American Silver Eagle Proofs have been struck. At the end of each year’s production, the United States Mint usually collects all of its unsold Silver Eagles, removes them from their packaging and unceremoniously melts them down. We say “usually” because due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Mint had to temporarily lock down its West Point Mint branch and delay the collectible schedule. With demand for precious metals skyrocketing, the mint decided to auction off a limited number of 2017 American Silver Eagle Proofs. This is a unique opportunity to secure a previous dated coin released by the mint in 2020.

The coins were later sent to the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) where they were certified as originating from the “Emergency Auction.” Thanks to our connections in the coin world, we were able to pry a few of these coins away from the buyer and are making them available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plus, each coin available in this offer has been graded by NGC as being in flawless Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) condition, a distinction that means these perfectly-graded proofs have ZERO imperfections — showing all features and fields exactly as the engraver and mint intended!

In addition, these coins have been sonically sealed in tamper-resistant coin holders with white display cores and encapsulated with labels personally signed by the legendary John Mercanti, the U.S. Mint’s 12th Chief Engraver and the designer of the Heraldic Eagle on the coin’s reverse. A giant in the numismatic world, Mercanti has produced more coin and medal designs than any person in U.S. Mint history!

With the announcement that the U.S. Mint would be replacing Mercanti’s design in 2021, it adds even more interest to this unique hoard of Silver Eagle Proofs struck at the West Point Mint. Saved from destruction, these Silver Eagles are ready to live in your collection. Reserve one of these special pedigreed coins to your cart today!

  • SAVED FROM THE MELTING POTS – These coins come from leftover stock of 2017-W American Silver Eagle Proofs. They were destined to be melted down until the U.S. Mint sold them in 2020 to a buyer in a closed bid sale.
  • SPECIAL EMERGENCY AUCTION DESIGNATION – The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has certified that these coins are from that closed sale and are pedigreed with a “Emergency Auction” label.
  • WEINMAN'S CLASSIC WALKING LIBERTY . . . – Adolph A. Weinman’s iconic Walking Liberty design first made its debut on the 1916 half dollar, lasting three decades before bowing out in 1947. In 1986, this iconic image was reborn for the Silver Eagle with her exquisitely detailed beauty remaining on the coin ever since.
  • . . . PAIRED WITH JOHN MERCANTI'S HERALDIC EAGLE! – This coin’s stoic and symbolic heraldic eagle was created by designer John Mercanti -- the most prolific coin and medal designer in United States Mint history!
  • EXPERTLY STRUCK IN HIGHLY PURE SILVER – These coins were struck by the West Point Mint on one-ounce planchets of highly pure 99.9% fine silver and measure 40.6 mm in diameter.
  • U.S. LEGAL TENDER – Each American Silver Eagle is one dollar United States of America legal tender, as seen on the coin’s reverse.
  • PERFECT PROOF CONDITION – Your 2017-W One-Ounce Silver Eagle Proof was graded by NGC as being in perfect Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) condition.
  • SIGNED BY JOHN MERCANTI – Your coin will be sonically sealed in an acrylic holder with a white display core and encapsulated with a label personally signed by the legendary John M. Mercanti, the U.S. Mint’s 12th Chief Engraver!

Rescued from the melting pots, these 2017-W One-Ounce Silver American Eagle “Emergency Auction” proof coins are an unusual find with an interesting tale to tell. Add one to your collection today!