When the American Silver Eagle bullion coins debuted in 1986, the San Francisco Mint was the production home of the coins. They remained there through the early 1990s, and since late 2011 the US Mint has had to revive the San Francisco Mint as a striking facility of the American Silver Eagle.
With intense demand for the American Silver Eagle in recent years, the US Mints West Point Mint became overwhelmed considering it also strikes the American Gold Eagle and American Platinum Eagle, as well as the proof and burnished versions of all American Eagle coins. These 2012 (S) American Silver Eagle coins are a product of the supplemental production in San Francisco.
On the obverse of the 2012 (S) American Silver Eagle coin is the image of Walking Liberty created in 1916 by Adolph A. Weinman. Depicting Liberty’s constant march toward a brighter future, she is featured with the American flag over her shoulders and the oak and laurel wreathes in her left hand.
The reverse of all 2012 (S) American Silver Eagle Coins features the heraldic eagle of the United States. This design has featured on American coinage since 1794, and this design from former US Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti is the latest modernization of this classic design.