The U.S. Mint has set a maximum mintage number of 30,000 2019 Silver Eagle Enhanced Reverse Proof coins – the lowest mintage of an American Silver Eagle to date. As NGC points out, this quantity is even less than the highly sought after 1995-W Silver Eagle Proof. With such low strike numbers, the Enhanced Reverse Proof 2019 Eagle has already gained status as a hot-ticket item and is expected to be met with fanfare and celebration from the investment sector. Additionally, the Mint will enforce a one-coin-per-household order limit, further emphasizing the piece’s allure.
Similar to its other Silver American Eagle counterparts, the Enhanced Reverse Proof Silver Eagle is made of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver and bears the same legal-tender face value of one U.S. dollar. It is struck with reeded edges and measures just over an inch-and-a-half in diameter.
While this end-of-year release shares many features with its Silver American Eagle predecessors, it does stand out from the crowd in many ways. Perhaps what sets it apart most, though, is its brilliant and unique Enhanced Reverse Proof finish.
A standard “Proof” finish features high-sheen, mirror-like fields – the background areas of a coin’s design – and frosted devices – the design elements themselves. Conversely, a “Reverse Proof” coin boasts the same highly polished and frosted finishes, but in an inverted fashion – frosted fields and shiny devices.
An “Enhanced Reverse Proof” finished coin is a striking take on both of these concepts. Like the standard “Reverse Proof” finish, Enhanced Reverse Proofs feature frosted fields and mirror-like devices, but what makes this unique iteration stand out is the presence of polishing and frosting applied to multiple isolated areas of the coin’s design. As the Mint points out, this selective finishing “dramatically enhances the visual impact” of the Silver Eagle’s classic design.
Regardless of iteration, all Proof coins are born out of a rigorous and meticulous production method, undergoing several rounds of polishing, striking and finishing that results in the exceptional beauties that have come to be revered so highly in today’s investments world.