Unique finishes, a historic collaboration and key date coins are among reasons many collectors will rush today, July 3, to buy the limited-edition 2019 Pride of Two Nations Two-Coin Set from the United States Mint.
U.S. Mint product images for the US-Canada 2019 Pride of Two Nations Limited Edition Two-Coin Set™
This set marks the first U.S. Mint and Royal Canadian Mint joint numismatic product. It contains an American Silver Eagle in enhanced reverse proof and a Canadian Silver Maple Leaf in modified proof. Amping up their appeal, these finishes are firsts for both coins.
The enhanced reverse proof Silver Eagle showcases a frosted background with selectively frosted and polished artwork to highlight various design elements. The modified proof Silver Maple Leaf features a frosted image against a brilliant background with inscriptions that have the natural shine of silver as the other design elements instead of a traditional frosted appearance.
Adding to the excitement, mintage for the set is very limited. The U.S. Mint has just 100,000 sets with those going on sale today at noon ET. The Royal Canadian Mint has another 10,000 sets with those already claimed as they went on sale last week.
Coin Designs and Specifications
With the Silver Maple Leaf’s obverse, we find the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Surrounding the portrait are radial lines encircled by a pattern of stars and maple leaves at the perimeter.
RCM photos of a 2019 Modified Proof Canadian Silver Maple Leaf
The reverse features Walter Ott’s classic sugar maple design first offered in 1979. It showcases the same background of radial lines encircled by a pattern of stars and maple leaves at the perimeter.
Coin designs on the American Silver Eagle are unchanged from other issues in the series which dates back to 1986. This includes an obverse (heads side) showing Adolph A. Weinman’s full-length figure of Liberty in full stride enveloped in folds of the American Flag. Liberty’s right hand is extended and branches of laurel and oak are in her left.
RCM photos of a 2019-W Enhanced Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle
The Silver Eagle’s reverse (tails) features John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle with shield design. The eagle is seen holding an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in the left.
Specifications for the pair of coins follow.
|2019 Silver Maple Leaf|
Modified Proof Coin
|2019 American Eagle Silver Enhanced Reverse Proof Coin|
|Denomination: $5 CAD||Denomination: $1 USD|
|Finish: Modified Proof||Finish: Enhanced Reverse Proof|
|Composition: 99.99% Pure Silver||Composition: 99.9% Fine Silver|
|Weight: 1 Troy oz. (31.39 g)||Weight: 1 Troy oz. (31.103 grams)|
|Diameter: 38 mm||Diameter: 1.598 inches (40.60 mm)|
|Edge: Serrated||Edge: Reeded|
|Country of Issue: Canada||Country of Issue: United States|
|Mint: Ottawa||Mint: West Point|
|Mint Mark: N/A||Mint Mark: W|
|Obverse Designer : Susanna Blunt||Obverse Designer : Adolph A. Weinman|
|Reverse Designer : Walter Ott||Sculptor-Engraver: John Mercanti|
As shown, the American Silver Eagle is produced at the U.S. Mint’s facility in West Point and bears the appropriate “W” mintmark. The Silver Maple Leaf comes from the Ottawa Mint and has no mintmark.
American Eagle Key Date Information
With a maximum of 110,000 enhanced reverse proof Silver Eagles possibly available, this coin is destined to become a key issue for the series.
It will likely only fall behind the 1995-W Proof with its mintage of 30,125; the 2008-W Burnished with Reverse of 2007 with its mintage of approximately 47,000; and the 2011-P Reverse Proof and 2011-S burnished uncirculated Eagles issued in the 25th anniversary American Silver Eagle set with their mintages of 99,882 coins.
Special Signing Opportunities
Unique signing opportunities are also available with this joint release.
After the set goes on sale at noon, visitors to Philadelphia Mint can attend a meet and greet event where they can have Mint products or the set’s bilingual Certificates of Authenticity (COA) signed by U.S. Mint Director Ryder and Royal Canadian Mint Chief Executive Marie Leman. They will be available for the signings from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Later this summer, both Mint leaders will be on hand to sign the COA for the set during the American Numismatic Association’s August 2019 World’s Fair of Money. A limited number of sets will also be made available for the show.
Price and Ordering
The limited-edition 2019 Pride of Two Nations Two-Coin Set is priced at $139.95 USD.
Orders are accepted by visiting the U.S. Mint’s website page for the Two Nations Set or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
For the first 48 hours, the U.S. Mint will have a household order limit of five. Some believe the set could sell out before the limit is lifted.