Burnished American Silver Eagles: A sought after Collector Coin
The American Silver Eagle series was first struck back in 1986 as the official silver bullion issue from the United States Mint. The series is struck on 1 oz. .999 silver blanks, and has swiftly become one of the most popular and trsuted annual programs from the Mint. The series is issued in three finishes: the popular bullion brilliant uncirculated finish, as well as the collector's Proof and Uncirculated, otherwise known as "Burnished," finishes. These numismatic finishes are available in significantly reduced mintages from the bullion version. Both Proof and Burnished versions of the coin not only feature desireable finishes, but they also feature the mint mark from the mint facility that struck the coin. Both Proof and Burnished Silver Eagle varieties have been struck at the West Point Mint in recent years and carry its iconic "W" mint mark.
Of particular interest to seasoned collectors is the Burnished or Uncirculated finish, which was added to the American Silver Eagle series in 2006 as part of the 20th anniversary of the series. These coins have a uniform, frosty appearance, and typically boast much lower mintages than their Proof finish counterparts.
Burnishing is a metal-on-metal polishing process that, when struck with the specially processed dies, results in the attractive, even, frosty appearance of this series.