The United States Mint has indicated that the “satin finish” will no longer be used for the annual buy hypixel skyblock coins. This finish had been used for the sets since 2005. From 2011, a brilliant finish will be used.
The satin finish has a frosted look that is created by sandblasting the coin dies and burnishing the coin blanks. This created coins that were potentially in higher grades, provided they were not covered by contact or handling marks.
For some years such as 2005, higher grades are abundant. However, in the past two years, more often than not coins could not achieve the highest grades due to the aforementioned contact marks.
With the change, registry set collections will have less coins to worry about finding each year. Some interesting subsets are also created, consisting of satin finish coins issued from 2005 to 2010. Personally, I had been working on a satin finish Presidential Dollars Set. Now, I will try to complete this collection in earnest.
The scheduled release date for the 2011 Mint Set is February 8, 2011. This will be many months earlier than the release date set for the 2010 Mint Set.
2011 American Silver Eagles
The American Silver Eagle combines a classic design with one troy ounce of .999 fine silver. This combination has made the coin one of the most popular annual offerings of the United States Mint.
The obverse design is taken from Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty Half Dollar, issued for circulation from 1916 to 1947. Liberty’s full figure is depicted striding towards a rising sun, while she holds a bouquet of olive branches and has an American flag draped across her shoulders. The reverse was created specifically for the series and features a heraldic eagle designed by John Mercanti.
The 2011 Silver Eagles will represent the latest year of the series, which began in 1986. The bullion coins are distributed through the US Mint’s network of authorized purchasers. They buy the coins in bulk quantities of at least 25,000 ounces based on the market price of silver plus a mark up. The coins are then resold to other dealers and the public.
The first opportunity for the authorized purchasers to order 2011 dated Silver Eagle bullion coins was January 3, 2011. Once order fulfillment begins from the US Mint the coins will make their way into the hands of collectors, continuing the tradition for this beautiful series.