Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Clearing Up the Mystery...How do I Identify a burnished Silver Eagle?

When the Mint started using burnished blanks and individual, manual hand setting at West Point Mint, there was a built in confusion over what was, and what was not, a burnished coin.

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:
  1. It must have been struck at West Point, and
  2. It must have the “W” mint mark on the reverse.
Grading companies make it easy for the collector by representing the burnished coins as 2013 W Silver Eagle, or 2012 W Silver Eagle, etc. Those struck at West Point that are NOT burnished are represented as 2013 (W) Silver Eagle, using parens around the W to easily spot the difference. NGC will also use the term “Struck at West Point”, which is NOT burnished, but simply a designation of the mint where it was created.

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
YearMintage
2006 W468,020
2007 W621,333
2008 W533,757
2011 W309,927
2011 S100,000
2012 W230,872
2013 is yet unknown




 

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    The prevailing thought of many is that since the Bible was not canonized until sometime between 300 and 400 A.D. that the church of Christ did not have New Covenant Scriptures as their guide for faith and practice. That is simply factually incorrect.

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    The terms for pardon were repeated by the apostle Peter 33 A.D. on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:22-42) The teachings of the apostles were Scripture. The words of the apostles were Scripture before they were canonized.

    The apostle Peter said the apostle Paul's words were Scripture. (2 Peter 3:15-16...just as also our beloved brother Paul , according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand,which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures...

    The apostle Paul's letters and words were Scriptures when he wrote and spoke them. Paul did not have to wait for canonization to authorize his doctrine.

    John 14:25-26 'These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to you remembrance all that I said to you.

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    Did the early church have written New testament Scriptures? Yes, and they were shared among the different congregations. (Colossians 4:16 When the letter is read among you, have it read in the church of the Laodiceans and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodica.) Paul's letters were Scripture and they were read in different churches.

    They were New Testament Scriptures long before they were canonized.

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    Matthew A.D. 70
    Mark A.D. 55
    Luke between A.D. 59 and 63
    John A.D. 85
    Acts A.D. 63
    Romans A.D. 57
    1 Corinthians A.D. 55
    2 Corinthians A.D. 55
    Galatians A.D. 50
    Ephesians A.D. 60
    Philippians A.D. 61
    Colossians A. D. 60
    1 Thessalonians A.D. 51
    2 Thessalonians A.D. 51 or 52
    1 Timothy A.D. 64
    2 Timothy A.D. 66
    Titus A.D. 64
    Philemon A.D. 64
    Hebrews A.D. 70
    James A.D. 50
    1 Peter A.D. 64
    2 Peter A.D. 66
    1 John A.D. 90
    2 John A.d. 90
    3 John A.D. 90
    Jude A.D. 65
    Revelation A.D. 95

    All 27 books of the New Testament were Scripture when they were written. They did not have wait until they were canonized before they became God's word to mankind.

    Jesus told the eleven disciples make disciples and teach them all that He commanded. (Matthew 28:16-19) That was A.D. 33, They were teaching New Covenant Scripture from A.D. 33 forward. The apostles did not wait to preach the gospel until canonization occurred 300 to 400 years later.

    THE WORDS OF JESUS AND THE APOSTLES WERE SCRIPTURE WHEN THEY WERE SPOKEN AND WRITTEN. THEY DID NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR CANONIZATION TO BE THE AUTHORIZED WORD OF GOD.

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