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PCGS To Attribute Branch Mint Marks on Silver Eagles

April 6, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, US Mint, USA Coins

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April 6, 2017

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PCGS To Attribute Branch Mint Marks on Silver Eagles

UPDATE 4/7/2017 9:22AM PST: For 2014-2017 boxes that have a sticker on the side that includes the designation “WPM”, PCGS believes that these boxes, regardless of their serial number, originated in West Point. Therefore, at this time, and until we receive further clarification from the U.S. Mint, we will not be attributing such boxes to Philadelphia or San Francisco.  

Acting upon the original documents provided to Coin World in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Professional Coin Grading Service is pleased to announce that it will attribute certain 2014 through 2017 American Silver Eagles with a “mint mark” indicating where the coin was struck.

Officially, American Silver Eagles during this period were minted at the West Point Mint, and in fact, most American Silver Eagles were in fact struck at that branch. However, due to high demand, the U.S. Mint used the facilities in San Francisco and Philadelphia to augment the production of the West Point Mint.

Until now, the information about how many American Silver Eagles were made in each of the other branches has not been released to the public. Instead, the Mint’s figures officially reflected the total mintage, and listed those mintages as having been produced at West Point.

However, the FOIA documents reveal a method of identifying where a given box of Silver Eagles was minted. Following this method, PCGS will attribute coins from such boxes as having been produced at the branch mint at which it was made.

For example, a Silver Eagle minted in Philadelphia in 2015 would be attributed “2015-(P)”. The mintage figures, and how to identify them, are set forth in the tables below.

 

San Francisco Mint

Year

Mintage

Box #/Identification

2014

7,025,000

Red banding

2015

0

N/A

2016

4,650,000

Various 6 digits starting with 4

2017

3,000,000

Various 6 digits starting with 4

 

Philadelphia Mint

Year

Mintage

Box #/Identification

2014

0

N/A

2015

79,640

Various 5 digits starting with 1

2016

1,151,500

Various 6 digits starting with 5

2017

1,000,000

Various 6 digits starting with 5

 

West Point Mint

Year

Mintage

Box #/Identification

2014

23,450,000

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

2015

46,920,500

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

2016

31,900,000

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

2017

5,425,000

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

Owners of Mint-sealed boxes of American Silver Eagles from 2014 to 2017 can find the box number, which is written in black marker, and determine the specific branch mint.

Contact Mark Stephenson (mark@collectors.com) or Daniel Kedem (dkedem@collectors.com) for more information on PCGS Bulk Services, including how to submit bulk quantities of 2014 to 2017 American Silver Eagles.

Founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, Professional Coin Grading Service is the most respected coin authentication and grading company in the world and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and the United States. For more information on PCGS and its services, visit www.PCGS.com.  

Editor’s Note: PCGS is continuing to research this matter. Since publishing this press release, PCGS has been alerted to the fact that the FOIA response may be incomplete with respect to the 2015 Philadelphia Silver Eagles; we are pursuing clarification from the U.S. Mint. For up to date information, please contact Mark Stephenson at mark@collectors.com or Daniel Kedem at dkedem@collectors.com.

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