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    1995-W Silver Eagle, PR70 Deep Cameo
    First Silver Eagle With a W Mintmark

    1995-W $1 Silver Eagle PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. In 1995, a Silver Eagle bearing the West Point mintmark was a new curiosity, something of tremendous appeal to collectors. Up to that time, bullion and proof Silver Eagles had been coined almost exclusively at the Philadelphia and San Francisco mints. The West Point Mint did strike some bullion pieces in 1986, the first year of issue, but they did not bear a mintmark to distinguish them from Philadelphia and San Francisco coins.

    The occasion of the 1995-W proof was the 10th anniversary of the bullion coin program, signed into law in 1985. To commemorate the milestone, a special proof set of five bullion denominations was produced at the West Point Mint, with all coins bearing the W mintmark. This set included the four Gold Eagle denominations of $5, $10, $25, and $50, as well as the Silver Eagle. Although the gold proofs could be purchased apart from the five-coin anniversary set, the Silver Eagle could not -- its entire distribution was limited to the number of sets sold, which was merely 30,125. The consensus is that the purchase price of the set ($999) capped sales. Whatever the case, the 1995-W proof Silver Eagle emerged from the West Point Mint not only as the first Silver Eagle with a W mintmark, but also as a true modern rarity.

    The piece offered here is in flawless PR70 Deep Cameo condition, the grade sought-after by Registry Set collectors. The devices shimmer like frost, while the fields glimmer of mercury-like liquidity. A beautiful example of this iconic modern issue.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# CFWX, PCGS# 9887)

    Weight: 31.10 grams

    Metal: 99.93% Silver

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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