slybluenote's Blog

01 Sep 2022

Seeing double???

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Good evening folks!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on here. As most of you are aware, summer is winding down, so as promised in my last post, I’m previewing two sets of the same type of coin. Actually I’m a sucker for San Francisco minted silver coinage! These pictures don’t do justice to the actual pieces! Adolph Weinman’s obverse and John Mercanti’s reverse are stunning to say the least. This combined with the craftsmanship of the mint reveals a beautiful specimen.
According to “My Coin Guide”, sales for this particular year were sluggish. “During the year, the United States Mint released theSan Francisco Silver Eagle Setto coincide with the 75th anniversary of the current facility at San Francisco. Each set included proof and reverse proof Silver Eagles bearing the “S” mint mark. Rather than impose a maximum mintage, the Mint offered the set for a four week ordering window with the coins to be minted to demand based on the number of orders received. At the close of sales an order counter indicated sales of 251,302 sets, but cancellations and returns brought the final audited mintage down to 224,935.”
The composition of these coins is 99.93% silver and 0.07 copper, they weigh 31.101 grams, are 40.6 mm in diameter, 2.98mm thick, and have a reeded edge. The graders at NGC graded the below coins MS69. Do you think the mint coins would come in at 70? Inquiring minds want to know. Now that summer is basically over, I’m going to try and post at least once a month. I still don’t have any of my nickels or ASE’s on the collections page yet but like I tell the ladies at the bank “I’ve got more time than I do money” ! I’ve also made considerable progress on the maintenance of my meager collection. As always, stay safe, healthy, and coronavirus free during the Labor Day weekend!
Charlie aka slybluenote


Long Beard

Level 5

Quality over quantity. From the coins you've shared with us over the years I'd say you're on the right track. I myself find it tough to beat the Weinman-Mercanti design collaboration.


Level 5

So gorgeous! 😍

It's Mokie

Level 6

A really nice set, I am sorry I missed it.


Level 6

I am also a big "S" mint fan. Those are some awesome coins Charlie. Nice to hear from you. Thanks.


Level 6

Very beautiful! Nice to see you back. Thanks for sharing these! ; )

AC coin$

Level 6

Beautiful acquisitions, so nice to know about this type of coinage. Thanks.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Simply gorgeous my blues loving friend!


Level 7

I always watch fire mints. The quality is great. You have a beauty of a coin. Since you mentioned mints I think the Denver mint is the worst out of all. Followed by Philadelphia. When they make Eagles there terrible since they don't make them that much. I'm glad you got the coin. And its good to here from you again. You were missed. But our family lives and business come first!.


Level 4

I too share the love for the “S” mint ASE’s and subsequently have this set as well. Did not realize that this set was originally a pre-order that the mint used to establish the mintage. Good information to have, and appreciate you passing that information along.


Level 4

Very beautiful coins! I have a few. Should probably make a point to acquire more, but like you, way more time than money! 😺


Level 5

You gotta love those "S" mint SAEs. I bought one of these sets back in 2012 and sent them to NGC for grading. Incidentally, both came back a 70 in what I like to call winning the coin grading lottery. Still, I can't tell the difference between a 69 and 70.

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