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1988 Silver Eagle NGC MS69
The 1988 Silver Eagle was stuck in the third year of production of the coin, making it desirable for collectors who have many of the more recent editions but would like a coin from one of the early years of mintage. This coin was graded MS69 by the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC), one of the world’s most respected coin grading companies. In practical terms, that means that finding errors on the coin is so difficult that it is unlikely that many of those who view it would be able to notice them without looking for them with the aid of a lens. For collectors who are purchasing the coin to admire its beauty, the MS69 version offers a more affordable option than the MS70 without making much of a compromise in terms of quality. You may receive a coin with an older style slab than what is pictured here.
Design of the 1988 Silver Eagle
The 1988 Silver Eagle is best known for the design on its obverse, which was created by Adolph Weinmann in 1916 for the half dollar. The design is known as Walking Liberty. Lady Liberty is the main object in the design, and she is shown walking toward the holder’s left. She has her right arm extended with her palm open and elbow bent. A portion of the American flag waves behind her in the upper left. In her left hand, she bears symbols of civilian and military honors, laurel and oak branches. The sun is shown setting behind a mountain in the lower left, and its rays emanate upward and outward. Under Liberty’s right foot is the year of mintage, “1988,” and the word “LIBERTY” arches over the entire design. On the right are the words of the national motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
On the reverse is an adaptation of the presidential seal that John Mercanti designed for the coin. At the top are thirteen stars arranged in a triangle that points down to an eagle. The eagle is spread around a thirteen-starred shield, which it is guarding. The number thirteen was used in reference to the original states. In its talons, the eagle grasps arrows and an olive branch, indicative of a willingness to fight for the county’s values and a preference for peace. The name of the issuing country, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” is inscribed along the top half of the rim, while “1 OZ. FINE SILVER~ONE DOLLAR” is inscribed along the bottom half
|Year of Issue:||1988|
|Weight in Grams:||31.1032 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||1 oz|
|Legal Tender:||United States|
|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|