NGC Special Labels and Designations for the 2021-W Proof Silver Eagles

Posted on 2/4/2021

To distinguish 2021 American Silver and Gold Eagles, NGC is offering a special 35th anniversary label for all submissions. Special submission instructions must be followed. The Congratulations Set must be submitted in the sealed original Mint shipping box to receive the designation. See the “Submission Instructions” section of this article.

On February 11, 2021, the US Mint is releasing the 2021-W Proof Silver Eagle, which is expected to be the last Proof American Silver Eagle to feature the coin's original heraldic eagle reverse design. The 2021-W Proof Silver Eagles will be available individually and as part of the 2021 Congratulations Set.

NGC is celebrating the highly anticipated 2021 American Silver and Gold Eagles, including the 2021-W Proof Silver Eagle, by offering the NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label for free to all submitters. Other popular NGC special labels, including the West Point Mint Gold Star Label, Early Releases Label and First Releases Label are also available.

2021-W Proof Silver Eagle with the NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label and the NGC West Point Mint Gold Star Label
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NGC-certified 2021-W Proof Silver Eagles from the February release will be given a special attribution — Heraldic Eagle T-1 — to indicate that they feature the original reverse. Coins from the Congratulations Set qualify for a “Congratulations Set” attribution as well. The Early Releases and First Releases designations are available for coins received by NGC within the first 30 days of release.

Later in 2021, Silver Eagles with the new reverse design will be released, marking the end of one numismatic era and the beginning of another. The obverse featuring Adolph A. Weinman’s renowned “Walking Liberty” design will carry forward.

Learn more about NGC's certification options for all of the 2021 American Eagles here.

Submission Instructions

  • Submit the coins under the Modern grading tier or higher.
  • If you are submitting the 2021-W Proof Silver Eagle in the Congratulations Set packaging, the coin must remain sealed in the original Mint shipping box. The set designation is available to all submitters for no additional fee.
  • If you would like Mint packaging returned, select “Return Mint Packaging” on the NGC Submission Form. The fee is $5, plus the cost of shipping.

The following designations are available for this coin:

Designation options Fee Directions
Early Releases +$12 On the US submission form, select Early Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
First Releases +$12 On the US submission form, select First Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
Congratulations Set Free The coin must be submitted in the sealed original Mint shipping box.

The following labels are available for this coin:

Label options Fee Directions

NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label #1550
Free By 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
+$5 Request 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
Free By Request. Enter Standard Brown Label #377 on your submission form.

NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Mountain Label #1548
Free By 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).

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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.


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