The 1991 Silver Eagle – Mint State 69
When the American Silver Eagle program was first conceived in the mid 1970s, no one could have predicted it would become one of the most popular, widely-recognized coin programs in the world.
Intended to help the United States compete with silver bullion producers on the international market, the American Silver Eagle program officially commenced November 24, 1986. Initial inventories sold out immediately due to the phenomenal demand.”
Why were these coins so popular? A combination of beautiful design and lasting value, as each coin’s silver content is guaranteed by the U.S. Government. The strong sales of the first few years of the program showed no signs of slowing down, causing the U.S. to increase production in 1991. However, even with the higher mintage numbers in 1991 than in previous years, this has not resulted in lower costs for the 1991 Silver Eagle coin, as the value for the coins is linked to prevailing bullion prices.
The weight of your 1991 Silver Eagle coin is 31.103 g, or 1 oz. of fine .999 silver. The diameter of this reeded coin is 2.98 mm.
The design of the 1991 Silver Eagle, graded MS69
The first thing most collectors notice in the 1991 Silver Eagle coin is the striking obverse. The design is iconic, based on the renowned “Walking Liberty” image designed by Adolph A. Weinman for the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. While that coin was in circulation from 1916 to 1947, the design was revived for the American Silver Eagle program. Weinman’s design features Lady Liberty walking forward as the sun rises over a ridge. Her right arm is outstretched to greet the sun, and in her left, she carries olive branches.
Also on the obverse are listed “1991,” “LIBERTY,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
The 1991 Silver Eagle’s reverse was designed by John Mercanti. It portrays a heraldic eagle, wings spread behind a shield. The eagle grasps an olive branch in one talon, representing peace, and three arrows in the other, representing strong defense. Above the eagle is a canopy of thirteen stars, each representing one of the original colonies. The listing on the reverse includes the phrases “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “1 OZ. FINE SILVER—ONE DOLLAR” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Why add the 1991 Silver Eagle – MS 69 coin to your collection?
U.S. Mint state coins are among the most beautiful in the world, featuring an extraordinarily brilliant design, shimmering from a mirror-like background. Their frosted, sculpted foregrounds give them a special cameo effect – and the 1991 Silver eagle displays this effect perfectly. A grading of MS-69 means that your coin will have a very attractive sharp strike, and that it maintains the original luster for the date and mint, with no more than two, small, non-detracting contact marks or flaws. Free of both hairlines and scuff marks, the coin has exceptional eye appeal.