The burnished versions are much lower in mintage than the normal silver eagles, but that doesn’t help in identifying the true burnished coins.
You can make the determination pretty easily:
- It must have been struck at West Point, and
- It must have the “W” mint mark on the reverse.
Burnished coins came out in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013, all from West Point Mint. I also believe that 2011 had some burnished coins from San Francisco Mint, around 100,000. I am not sure the designation using parens around the “S” differentiated the burnished coins from that Mint in 2011, so please be aware to do your homework.
Since the burnished versions are much scarcer, the price is much higher than the standard Silver Eagle. These burnished coins look to be very good investments based on the mintage numbers, so be smart and make sure you buy burnished coins. And start doing it now before they really catch on!
Below are the estimated mintages on burnished Silver Eagles.
Burnished Silver Eagle Mintage Totals
|2013 is yet unknown|