Why buy this Silver 2012-(S) Eagle that was Struck in San Francisco?
Thanks to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act, the US Mint revealed that it has been striking Silver Eagles at multiple mints for several years. This revelation gave collectors the opportunity to get some variety in a rather stable series. Although the coins lack mint marks, the serial numbers on monster boxes made it possible to determine where some of the coins were struck. This one, for example, was struck at the San Francisco Mint. Like all Silver Eagles, it was struck on a 1 oz planchet of .999 fine silver.
Traditional Eagle Design by John Mercanti
On the obverse is Adolph Weinman's Walking Liberty design. It was revived for this series after first appearing on the half dollar from 1916-1947. Liberty is draped in the American flag and wearing a Phrygian cap as she carries laurel and oak branches. The former represent civilian honors, and the latter symbolize military ones. She extends her right hand in front of her above the morning sun, as though presenting the sunrise to the holder. "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "2012" are inscribed on this face.
John Mercanti designed the reverse for the debut of the Silver Eagle in 1986. It has remained there ever since. An adaptation of the Great Seal of the United States, it features an eagle guarding a union shield. The bird holds arrows, which represent America's willingness to defend her values, in one talon and an olive branch, which indicates a preference for peace, in the other. Thirteen stars, one for each of the original states, are arranged in a triangular formation above the bird's head. Rim inscriptions offer the coin's country, weight, and face value.
Flawless MS70 with Golden Gate Bridge Label
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) provided this coin's grade on a label that features one of San Francisco's most famous landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge. NGC graded the piece Mint State 70, thus indicating that it is flawless as seen under 5x magnification.
Don't miss your chance to own this San Francisco Mint 2012-(S) Silver Eagle.
|Year of Issue:||2012|
|Label/Signature:||Golden Gate Bridge Label|
|Weight in Grams:||31.1032 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||1 oz|
|Legal Tender:||United States|
|Obverse Design:||Walking Liberty|
|Reverse Design:||Heraldic eagle with shield and thirteen five-pointed stars|
|Reverse Designer/Engraver:||Adolph A. Weinman|
|Obverse Designer/Engraver:||John M. Mercanti|