This coin is featured in "Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins."
The 1995-W Proof Silver Eagle is the undeniable KING of Silver Eagles. With a Mintage of only 30,125 coins, this marks the lowest mintage of all Silver Eagles. While there are some conditional rarities (certain MS70 graded Silver Eagles) that are much harder to find than even a Proof 70 1995-W Silver Eagle, this coin has still maintained it's status as the key to the whole Silver Eagle series. This particular coin was issued for the 10th Anniversary of the Silver Eagles (though 1996 is really the 10th Anniversary) and was only available as a part of a five coin set with the four Proof Gold Eagles for the year. For many collectors, it was an inconvenience to have to buy the full set and sell the gold coins to get the Silver Eagle for their collection and so passed on it. When you put the mintage of this coin in line with other modern issues, you will find that this coin does not even rank in the lowest fifty for mintages. However, Silver Eagles are by far the most popular of all modern coins with hundreds of thousands of collectors out there. There are not nearly enough of these coins to go around for ever single Silver Eagle collector. Combining the low mintage compared to other silver eagles, the immense popularity and scarcity of this coin and you have the undisputed KING of Modern Coins!