Emergency Production Type 2 Silver Eagles from the San Francisco Mint
Collectors have been waiting with bated breath for more than a year ever since the United States Mint announced that it would be changing the reverse image on its Silver Eagle coin, ending the 35-year run of former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti’s popular Heraldic Eagle design. Many were surprised when the first Silver Eagles released for 2021 still included Mercanti’s iconic design. But don’t get your feathers ruffled, because the new design is finally here — and what a design! But it wasn’t easy getting there! That’s because the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down the West Point Mint in 2020 had a domino effect that stretched into 2021. And due to continued production slow-downs for bullion Silver Eagles brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the San Francisco Mint was tasked with keeping supplies of Type 2 Silver Eagles on hand.
The San Francisco Mint To The Rescue
In most years, the West Point Mint is the U.S. Branch Mint that strikes American Silver Eagle bullion coins. But due to the unique circumstances presented by the perfect storm of eager silver buyers, a first-ever release of a new Eagle reverse design, and a worldwide pandemic, getting 2021’s first run of Type 2 Silver Eagle bullion coins to leave the nest was anything but routine. Thankfully, the San Francisco Mint stepped up to the plate and delivered. And, in this offer, you can secure one — or several — of these 2021-dated Type 2 American Silver Eagle bullion coins specially struck at the San Francisco Mint.
Specially Designated As Emergency Production Struck At San Francisco Mint Silver Eagles
Since bullion Silver Eagles are struck without mintmarks, however, there’s no way collectors can know if their Silver Eagle is one of these “Emergency Production” releases. But thanks to our status within the coin world, we can! As an authorized re-seller of American Silver Eagles, we’ve been able to secure “monster boxes” that differentiate whether the coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint or the West Point Mint. Then, we sent the coins to the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), where they we certified, graded and pedigreed as being “Struck at San Francisco Mint” and “Emergency Production” issues.
The New American Silver Eagle Comes In For A Landing
The new Silver Eagle reverse design is the work of Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Emily Damstra and was sculpted by Mint Medallic Artist Michael Gaudioso. It displays a full image of a Bald Eagle coming in for a landing with an oak branch held in its talons as if to add to its nest. As the second design for 2021, these Silver Eagles coins have been given a Type 2 pedigree to differentiate them from the Type 1 coins that bear the original Mercanti Heraldic Eagle reverse design. It also represents a monumental year for the Silver Eagle Series with both a first AND a last in the same year of the Mint’s most popular coin!
A Pair of New Added Features
With the new Silver Eagle comes a pair of new features. First is an enhanced security feature consisting of an anti-counterfeit reeded edge instituted by the Mint for the first time. This feature incorporates small gaps within the edge. The next new addition are the initials of Adolph Weinman, designer of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar struck from 1916 to 1947 and the design used for the obverse of the Silver Eagle. This marks the first time Weinman’s initials have been added to the coin and they appear directly under the “In God We Trust” motto on the coin’s obverse.
Flawless Type 2 Silver Eagles
Each 2021 Type 2 Silver Eagle available in the offer has been graded by NGC as being in flawless Mint State-70 (MS70) condition a distinction that means these perfectly-graded coins have ZERO imperfections — showing all features and fields exactly as the engraver and mint intended. In addition, NGC has further certified that these Silver Eagles are First Day of Issue (FDI) coins, a designation that means they were received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository by the release date or on the business day within 24 hours of the official release date. Collectors seek out these coins because they are produced with new dies and considered to have sharper strikes and deeper mirrors than those struck later. Also, the population of coins labeled First Day of Issue is only a fraction of the total mintage. Each will also come sonically sealed in an acrylic holder with a special San Francisco Trolley label.
Although the U.S. Mint has not yet confirmed the mintage for these 2021(S) Struck at San Francisco pedigree Type 2 Silver Eagles, it is miniscule compared to the bullion American Silver Eagles that are struck annually by the West Point Mint. This 2021(S) T2 Silver Eagle Struck At San Francisco Emergency Production coin will be a key collectible within any Silver Eagle collection. Order yours today and make sure it’s part of yours!