Thanks to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suits filed by NGC and CoinWorld, the US Mint has been forced to reveal that 79,640 American Silver Eagle Coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 2015, making it the Rarest Coin in the Entire 31 Year ASE Series:
The US Mint’s FOIA response reveals that nearly 17 million American Eagle silver bullion coins (highlighted by a mere 79,640 struck at the Philly Mint in 2015) were struck at the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints between 2014 and 2017, in addition to the West Point Mint’s output of nearly 108 million coins over the 4 year period.
The US Mint revealed a total of 2,231,140 Silver Eagle Coins have been struck at the Philadelphia Mint since 2014:
With another 14,675000 struck at the San Francisco Mint:
No longer identified with yellow San Francisco Mint banding, the US Mint was forced to reveal the identifying factor in ASE coins struck at the San Francisco Mint: 6 digit serial numbers (hand written in black sharpie) starting with 4.
Coins struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 2015 had various 5 digit serial numbers beginning with 1, while coins struck at the Philly Mint in 2016 and 2017 were identified with 6 digit serial numbers beginning with 5.
SD Bullion has been able to locate a very small quantity of the 79,640 coins that were (unknowingly to the market) struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 2015, and of these, have successfully obtained a tiny handful of perfect 2015-P PCGS MS70 Silver Eagle Coins struck at Philadelphia Mint:
Full US Mint FOIA Responses: