What is a Burnished Coin?

The first burnished Silver American Eagle coins, released by the U.S. Mint in 2006, created a sensation among collectors. In celebration of the Silver Eagle design’s 20th anniversary, the burnished finish added distinction and rarity to the world’s most popular bullion coin. Burnished Gold Eagles and Platinum Eagles followed with enthusiastic support from numismatists. With the exception of 2009 and 2010, when the U.S. Mint was overwhelmed by demand for standard bullion, the U.S. Mint has issued a limited number of burnished Eagle coins annually.

Identifying a burnished coin

Numismatists use the term burnished to describe the coins’ unique finish. Burnished coins appear matte and less shiny when compared to a standard bullion coin. This effect is the result of polishing the blanks before they are struck by the die. Some collectors believe that burnishing adds longevity to the design. It is important to note the U.S. Mint identifies burnished coins simply as uncirculated coins.

The U.S. Mint’s burnished Eagle coins are produced in limited quantities only at the West Point Mint in West Point, New York. For this reason, the coins include a “W” mintmark beneath the reverse image. In recent years, the U.S. Mint has expanded burnishing to some limited-quantity designs, including the popular America the Beautiful series.

Burnished coins for sale at APMEX

APMEX has carried burnished coins since their first release by the U.S. Mint. Many of the burnished coins in APMEX’s inventory come with display boxes or cases, certificates of authenticity or certification from PCGS or NGC.

Find Silver, Gold and Platinum burnished coins from every year of production by the U.S. Mint at APMEX. Collectors will admire the soft luster of a burnished Platinum American Eagle coin, featuring the unique Lady Liberty design. They will also find a rare treasure in the 2008 burnished Gold Buffalo coin, the only burnished Gold Buffalo coin produced by the U.S. Mint to date.

Burnished coins are ideal for collectors interested in a new variation on longtime favorite designs.

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