2006-W American Silver Eagles - Burnished or Matte Finish - NGC Certified MS-69
Beginning in 2006 to mark the 20th Anniversary of the production of the first American Silver Eagles, the United States Mint began producing coins with a special burnished, or matte-like, finish. This finish appears slightly less shiny than that of a typical Silver Eagle, thanks to a process in which the blanks are polished prior to the striking process. The mint refers to these types of coins only as Uncirculated. These particular coins have been graded and encapsulated as MS-69 by NGC, one of the premier numismatic grading companies.
MINT MARK: W - West Point
WEIGHT: 1 troy oz.
DIAMETER: 40 mm
OBVERSE FEATURES: The obverse features Adolph Weinman's famous Walking Liberty Design first used on the 1916-47 Half Dollar.
REVERSE FEATURES: The reverse features a heraldic eagle design. Above it are 13 stars, 1 to represent each of the original 13 colonies.
Burnished Silver Eagles are only minted at the West Point Mint in New York. Each one features a much lower mintage than that of its bullion issue counterpart, and for most dates there are less Burnished Silver Eagles available than the Proof version!