2023 Burnished Gold and Silver American Eagle MS70 Launch

2023 Burnished Gold and Silver American Eagle MS70 Launch

2023 Burnished Gold and Silver American Eagle MS70 Launch

August 4, 2022 3390 view(s)

Most people have never heard of the Burnished American Eagle MS70 and don't know how incredibly rare and undervalued they are! 

Investors may know them by their other name, "Uncirculated," but there is a lot of confusion about what that means. Many people see the MS70 grade and believe burnished coins are just bullion coins with a mint mark, but this is not correct. 

The U.S. Mint makes three versions of the American Eagles. The Mint makes a bullion version, a proof version, and the burnished version. The burnished version is the smallest mintage of the three versions. 

The Burnished American Eagles are nearly fifty times rarer than the bullion version and about twice as rare as the famous and investor-friendly proof version. 

Compare the Silver American Eagle Mintages of the last couple of years. Indeed, burnished coins are the rarest mintages. Like the Proof coins, only a fraction of the total mintage will become a perfect 70 condition.


Silver American Eagle 2020 2021 2022
Silver Eagle Bullion 30,089,500** 28,275,000** 15,963,500**
Silver Eagle Proof 381,110* 327,440/300,000 661,272*
Silver Eagle Burnished 154,261* 175,000 160,000

 **U.S. Mint bullion sales by month

With gold, the burnished numbers are even lower. The following chart shows the total one-ounce Gold American Eagle Bullion coins sold instead of minted. The burnished number represents the total mintage. Looking at the numbers this way is as generous as possible to the bullion mintage and as stringent to the burnished mintage. Despite the two different measures, the difference in population is still vast.


Gold American Eagle 2020 2021 2022
Gold Eagle Bullion 747,500** 1,115,500** 850,000**
Gold Eagle Proof 17,358* 12,559/15,750 16,000
Gold Eagle Burnished 6,284 9,100 9,000

 **U.S. Mint bullion sales by month


Production Year Gold Eagle Burnished Silver Eagle Burnished
2023 10,000 TBD
2022 9,000 160,000
2021 9,100 175,000
2020 7,000 154,261*

*U.S. Mint cummulative sales figures


Burnished coins are much rarer in comparison to the bullion version. It is inaccurate to say burnished coins are bullion coins with a mint mark. Instead, burnished coins are an incredible way to diversify precious metal investments.


What Does Burnished Mean?


Burnished coins are coins that have undergone a unique finishing process to give them a distinct appearance. The U.S. Mint rolls silver planchettes (raw silver discs) in a drum filled with millions of tiny balls only 6mm. Once each blank has been sent through the spinning drum, the individual blanks are taken out one at a time and are transferred to the coining press. After that the blanks are individually hand loaded into the coining press for striking. Compared to bullion coins and regular circulation currency, these blanks are struck under a greater amount of pressure. This produces a smooth, shiny appearance that removes imperfections from the coins. The final look is similar to a proof coin but is differentiated by its matte finish.


How are Burnished Silver and Gold American Eagles Different?


The uncirculated quality coins are distinguished by the presence of a mint mark, indicating their production facility. The mintages are lower because producing a burnished coin is very labor intensive. Also, the burnished coin blanks are hand-fed into specially-adapted coining presses one at a time. Many knowledgeable coin experts believe the burnishing process helps the coins look immaculate for significantly longer than other means of production.



Why Consider Adding Burnished American Eagles to your Portfolio


Rarity drives value, and Burnished American Eagles are the rarest American Eagles. Burnished Silver American Eagles have been made annually since 2006 (except in 2009 and 2010). Despite their history and rarity, the market has just started taking notice in the last few years. As more people look for inflation protection, the demand for tangible assets is growing fast. More people are taking notice of Burnished American Eagles as a diversification strategy and affordable way to own American Eagles.


Why Are the Burnished Eagles An Investment Opportunity?


The U.S. Gold Bureau always seeks the best opportunities to protect our clients. We will not recommend products unless we are confident they will perform for our clients. Burnished coins have been minted since 2006. We have been following them very closely. However, the market was not as strong as the proof coins and did not meet our strict standards for a recommendation. It took some time for the market to prove itself. Still, a noteworthy increase in demand and economic factors prove that our clients are well suited to invest in the burnished American Eagles MS70. The Burnished American Eagles now check all the boxes of a solid opportunity we are proud to get behind. 

The U.S. Gold Bureau is the largest bulk purchaser from the U.S. Mint of proof coins. Our purchasing power and market position is creating a once in a decade opportunity. Our clients are uniquely positioned to take advantage of how large and how quickly this market could potentially grow.

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 In addition, Ed Moy, the 38th Mint Director, will hand sign every Burnished American Eagle MS70 exclusively for the U.S. Gold Bureau. 

The Proof coin community has consistently valued the Ed Moy signature series as the industry standard. Now, it is available on Burnished American Eagle MS70 exclusively to U.S. Gold Bureau clients.

We confidently and excitedly recommend Burnished American Eagles MS70s to compliment Proof 70 coins as a solid precious metals investment. 


History of Burnished American Eagles

Formed from 2006 to 2008, followed by a two-year hiatus in 2009 and 2010, and then reissued starting in 2011, the United States Mint issues burnished American Gold and Silver Eagle coins every year. Currently, the only location to strike Burnished American Silver Eagles with the coveted "W" mintmark is the West Point Mint.  All Uncirculated Silver Eagles struck with the “W” mintmark have burnished finishes, since 2006.


Availability of Burnished American Eagles

Due to the fact that these coins are part of one of the most popular coin series in the world and they are struck at low mintage levels, the supply of Burnished American Silver Eagle coins is quite low. Due to the labor intensive process of burnishing coins, burnished Gold and Silver eagles can be difficult to find. Thankfully U.S. Gold Bureau has you covered, with Burnished Gold and Silver Eagles from each minted year. 


How to Buy Burnished American Gold & Silver Eagles

The future of Burnsihed American Eagles is bright and has incredible upside potential. You can invest with confidence knowing all Burnished Gold and Silver American Eagles qualify for our industry-best guaranteed buyback program!

When investors devided on the Burnished American Gold or SIlver Eagles they'd like to invest in, they can visit U.S. Gold Bureau's site or call (877) 375-2148 to speak to one of our precious metals experts. Our precious metals experts can help you begin the purchasing process and guide you through any questions you have along the way.