2018-W Burnished Silver Eagle PCGS SP70 – First Day of Issue Label
The first burnished Silver American Eagle coins were released by the U.S. Mint in 2006.
The burnished term is used to describe the coins’ unique finish. Burnished coins appear matte and have a satin look. This is the result of the polishing of the blanks before they are hand-struck.
The U.S. Mint’s burnished Eagle coins are produced in limited quantities only at the West Point Mint in New York. For this reason, the coins include a “W” mintmark beneath the reverse image. In recent years, the U.S. Mint has expanded burnishing to some limited-quantity designs, including the popular America the Beautiful series.
Silver American Eagles were first minted in 1986 and are now the most widely collected coin in the world. Furthermore, American Eagles are considered by many to be one of the most beautiful coins ever designed.
The “Walking Liberty” on the American Eagle’s obverse was designed by Adolph A. Weinman, and originally had been used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar coin of the United States from 1916 to 1947. The obverse is inscribed with the year of minting or issuance, the word LIBERTY, and the phrase IN GOD WE TRUST.
The reverse was designed by John Mercanti and portrays a heraldic eagle behind a shield; the eagle grasps an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left talon, echoing the Great Seal of the United States; above the eagle are thirteen five-pointed stars representing the Thirteen Colonies. The reverse is inscribed with the phrases UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 OZ. FINE SILVER~ONE DOLLAR, and E PLURIBUS UNUM (on the banner that the eagle holds in its beak), as well as the mintmark if applicable.