Appearing from the United States Mint as a continuation of a series of numismatic releases dating back to 1986 is the 2013 American Silver Eagle Proof Coin. It debuted on January 24, 2013 for $62.95. These 2013 coins are issued by the US Mint as a collector-grade version of the bullion Silver Eagles.
Like those bullion coins, each 2013 American Silver Eagle Proof Coin is struck from one ounce of .999 fine silver and features a diameter of 40.60 mm. Proof Silver Eagles have appeared annually since 1986, with the exception of 2009. That year saw record demand for the bullion Eagles forcing the Mint to divert all available blank planchets towards bullion production and eliminating numismatic Silver Eagles.
2013 Silver Eagle Proof Coin Values
Proof Silver Eagles have a legal tender face value of $1. While largely symbolic in nature, it does provide a value if for some reason the coin is needed to be used for a commerce transaction.
The chances of that occurring, however, are slight since these coins also have a precious metal melt value associated with them. This melt value is equal to the one ounce of silver contained within each coin. Thus, if silver is currently trading for $35 an ounce, these coins would have an approximate melt value of $35.
But, the highest value associated with a Proof Silver Eagle is its numismatic value. This is the amount the coin is worth to collectors and typically dwarfs any melt or face value associated with it. Condition and rarity also generally enhance a coin’s numismatic value so a highly graded rare coin would be worth considerably more than a scratched, non-rare strike.
2013 Silver Eagle Proof Coin Information
Hundreds of thousands of Proof Silver Eagles are generally struck by the United States Mint each year. While that number may seem high to many, it is relatively small when one considers the millions of bullion Silver Eagles appear annually. The relative smaller amount of these proof coins help to insure a higher numismatic value associated with them.
Shown on the obverse of each 2013 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin is a design of "Walking Liberty." This image of Liberty has appeared on all Silver Eagles since their debut in 1986 and was originally featured on the 1916-1947 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. It is considered by many to me one of the most beautiful ever struck on an American coin. Obverse inscriptions include LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and the year of minting.
The reverse was designed by John Mercanti and shows a heraldic Eagle with shield. Reverse inscriptions include E PLURIBUS UNUM, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 OZ. FINE SILVER and ONE DOLLAR.
The silver coins sales figures page contains current sales numbers for the Eagles, when available. Melt values for the strikes based on the current silver market are also shown.
2013 American Silver Eagle Coin Specifications
|Composition:||.999 Fine Silver|
|Total Estimated Mintage:||TBA|
|Minting Facility:||West Point (W mintmark)|
|Obverse Design:||Image of Walking Liberty|
|Obverse Designer:||Adolph A. Weinman|
|Reverse Design:||Image of Heraldic Eagle|
|Reverse Designer:||John Mercanti|