2021-W American Eagle Burnished Special Labels and Designations (Image Courtesy of NGC)

The following is a Press Release from Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) announcing it will over special labels and designations to collectors who submit their 2021-W American Eagle Silver Uncirculated (or Burnished) coin for grading. The coin went on sale last week and has already sold out according the the United States Mint.

2021-W American Eagle Burnished Special Labels and Designations (Image Courtesy of NGC)
2021-W American Eagle Burnished Special Labels and Designations (Image Courtesy of NGC)

The excitement surrounding the 35th anniversary of the American Eagle program continues with the release of the newly refreshed 2021-W Uncirculated Silver Eagle by the US Mint on September 9, 2021. Commonly referred to as the Burnished Silver Eagle, this year’s issue has a limited mintage of only 175,000. 

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is certifying the 2021-W Burnished Silver Eagles with a special attribution — Eagle Landing T-2 — and offering a variety of special labels, including the NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label for no additional fee, the ever-popular NGC Early Releases and First Releases labels and more.

Burnished American Silver Eagles were created as collector versions of the US Mint’s Bullion Silver Eagles. With a matte finish, these burnished coins depict the same design as the bullion coins — Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse.

Through the use of modern technology, the coin now features an obverse that more closely resembles Adolph A. Weinman’s original Walking Liberty design, with the addition of his artist mark above Liberty’s heel. The coins, struck at the West Point Mint, include enhanced security features and a reeded-edge variation.

Since the coins were first released in 2006, they have featured an eagle on the reverse like their bullion counterparts. Alongside the American Eagle’s 35th Anniversary this year, the eagle image has changed from the heraldic one designed by John Mercanti to a new design — a stunning American Bald Eagle in flight — engraved by Michael Gaudioso, who signs certification labels exclusively for NGC.

The NGC Michael Gaudioso Signature Label is available for the 2021-W Silver Eagles through select retailers.

Since 1987, NGC has certified more than 13 million Silver Eagles — far exceeding any other coin grading service. With the release of the new 2021 Silver Eagles, NGC looks forward to introducing even more ways to enhance these popular coins. To learn more about NGC’s certification options for all of the 2021 American Eagles, click here.

Submission Instructions

  • Submit coins under the Modern grading tier or higher.
  • Coins do not need to be submitted in the US Mint packaging.

The following designations are available for this coin:

Designation optionsFeeDirections
Early Releases+$12On the US submission form, select Early Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
First Releases+$12On the US submission form, select First Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
(No Releases designation)By default

The following labels are available for this coin:

Label optionsFeeDirections

NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label #1550
FreeBy default. (Early Releases and First Releases designations are available on this label for an additional $12 fee, if applicable.)

West Point Mint Gold Star #1238
+$5Request West Point Mint Gold Star #1238 on your submission form. (Early Releases and First Releases designations are available on this label for an additional $12 fee, if applicable.)

Early Releases #378
Included with fee for Early Releases designation (+$12)Select Early Releases and enter Early Releases #378 on your submission form. Otherwise, NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label #1550 will be used.

First Releases #379
Included with fee for First Releases designation (+$12)Select First Releases and enter First Releases #379 on your submission form. Otherwise, NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label #1550 will be used.

NGC Standard Brown #377
FreeBy Request. Enter Standard Brown Label #377 on your submission form.

NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Mountain Label #1548
FreeBy Request for bulk submissions only. Enter Eagle 35th Anniversary Mountain Label #1548 on your submission form.

Questions? Contact NGC Customer Service at service@NGCcoin.com or 1-800-NGC-COIN (1-800-642-2646).

NGC Collectors Society paid members can submit their coins directly to NGC. Not an NGC Collectors Society member? Paid memberships start at just $25/year. Join today!

Bulk Submissions

NGC’s First Day of Issue designation and labels are available for select bulk submissions only. To qualify for First Day of Issue, coins must be purchased within one day of the first day that a mint makes a new coin issue available for sale and must be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within one week of the release date. NGC will require that the submitter provide adequate evidence (including purchase receipts) to demonstrate the date when the coins were purchased.

For bulk submissions, contact Scott Heller at Sheller@NGCcoin.com or 941-360-3990 or Miles Standish at Miles@NGCcoin.com or 949-922-0515.

By Clinton

Clinton is the owner and editor of US Coin News. He has been an avid coin collector, primarily of United States coinage, since 1986 after learning about it from his grandfather. Clinton's collection is now over 3,000 coins. Clinton lives in Colorado where he skis in the winter and hikes in the summer when he is not working on his coin collection.

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