The West Point Mint Hoard of Silver Eagles.
In a surprise move, the United States Mint announced in late 2019 that it had sold 183,781 2016-W American Silver Eagles in a closed bid sale.
What made this unusual is that before the announcement the collecting community was unaware that the Mint was carrying such a large quantity of unsold stock of the 2016-W Proof, and typically leftover Silver Eagles, unsold at the end of the year, are removed from their packaging and melted down in a process known as “de-trashing”. This move, by the mint, effectively raised the overall mintage of the issue by 30%.
The 2016-W Proof Silver Eagle is no ordinary Silver Eagle. The 2016-W Proof release marked the 30th anniversary of the series and unlike every issue in the series that came before, this coin featured a unique lettered edge. For devoted fans of the series, the release had a special cache due to the significance of its release.
Most of these coins have been spirited away to IRA accounts, it has been reported, but now entering the market for the first time is a small percentage of that unsold 183,781 2016-W American Silver Eagles in certified grades, with coins graded by PCGS and NGC. Dubbed the West Point (“WP”) Mint Hoard, the coins have graded out beautifully and are free of milk spots.
Additionally, both PCGS and NGC are keeping tabs on this release by reporting the number of coins graded in their own categories.
As a retailer of modern numismatic and semi-numismatic coins, we can report that collectors are indeed curious about this “hoard” issue. We have received a few hundred pieces, but it’s unclear whether more will be available, even to us, once this stock sells out.
To view our current stock of 2016-W American Silver Eagles from the West Point Mint Hoard, offered at our best price for CoinWeek readers, follow this link.