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1986 American Silver Eagle GEM BU

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1986 BU Silver Eagle

First released by the U.S. Mint on November 24th, 1986, American Silver Eagles are considered to be the most popular silver bullion coin among numismatists. This coin marks the beginning of an American currency legend. This particular coin has been graded as “BU.” Each American Silver Eagle is comprised of 1 oz. .999 silver.

Design of the 1986 BU Silver Eagle

The obverse features the Walking Liberty design by Adolph A. Weinman, who moved Germany to America at the age of ten. While Weinman produced many designs for various coinage, the Walking Liberty is one of his most popular designs. Lady Liberty is portrayed as walking across the horizon, with the sun and mountain landscape in the background. The coin bears the inscriptions, “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2014.”

Designed by John Mercanti, the reverse features an eagle bearing a shield. The eagle holds an olive branch in his right talons, arrows in his left talons, and a banner in his beak that reads, “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” Thirteen stars are pictured above the eagle. Below the eagle’s left talons are the initials of John Mercanti. The reverse bears the inscriptions, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “1 OZ. FINE SILVER,” and “ONE DOLLAR.”

Why add the 1986 BU Silver Eagle to your collection?

This coin celebrates the beginning of one of the most popular numismatic productions in the world. What better way to start a hobby than with the beginning? Avoid missing out on this piece of American history and order yours today!


Year of Issue:1986
Mint:U.S. Mint
Branch:San Francisco
Grading Service:Uncertified
Grade:GEM BU
Finish:Mint State
Composition:Silver
Purity:0.9993
Weight in Grams:31.1032 g
Weight in Ounces:1 oz
Diameter:40.6 mm
Thickness:2.98 mm
Edge Type:Reeded
Country:United States
Legal Tender:United States
Currency:Dollar
Denomination:1
Mintage:5,393,005
Obverse Design:Walking Liberty
Reverse Design:Heraldic eagle with shield and thirteen five-pointed stars
Reverse Designer/Engraver:Adolph A. Weinman
Obverse Designer/Engraver:John M. Mercanti
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beautiful coins ,i hope you
beautiful coins ,i hope you get all the dates in gem bu so i can get more, Bill from mich
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Very satisfied with all my
Very satisfied with all my purchases from ModernCoinMart. In fact, the unslabbed Gem BU Eagles I have purchased from ModernCoinMart are in most cases better than the MS69 NGC graded ones I have bought from other dealers. The prices and service from MCM are excellent too. I will go no where else for my coin purchases in the future.
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1986 ase gem bu
excellent a+ beautiful