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Design of the 2000 Millennium Set Silver Eagle
This 2000 Millennium Set Silver Eagle features the classic design of North America's favorite bullion coin. The Walking Liberty was first designed by Adolph A. Weinman for the Walking Liberty Half Dollar back in 1916, and that design was adapted for the Silver Eagle. The obverse is dominated by the goddess Liberty, whose name follows along the top of the rim, extending slightly more than half way down on either side. Liberty is portrayed walking toward the left side of the coin, and she has her right arm extended out in front of her. In her left hand, she bears long olive branches, which she cradles in her elbow. Just above her foot is the inscription of the national motto, "IN GOD WE TRUST." To her left is the sun, which is partially obscured by a mountain on the horizon. The sun's rays extend upwards. On the ground at the bottom of the coin is an inscription of the year of mintage, "2000."
The reverse features an image of an eagle guarding a shield. The concept is similar to the Great Seal of the United States, but the design is unique. The eagle's wings are open and extended upwards. Extending from the eagle's beak is a ribbon, which bears the words, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (From many, one), the same motto as appears on the Great Seal. In one talon, the eagle holds an olive branch, indicating a desire for peace. In the other, it holds arrows, which indicate that, while America prefers peace, the nation is willing to fight for its values should it be forced to do so. Over the eagle's head, which is turned toward the left of the coin, there are 13 five-pointed stars arranged in a triangular formation. They are historical symbols that represent the original colonies. Under the talon bearing the arrows are the initials "JM." They refer to John Mercanti, the man who designed the image on the reverse. The name of the country of the coin, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," is inscribed along the rim on the top half of the coin, while another inscription along the bottom half provides essential information for collectors, "1 OZ. FINE SILVER," as well as the coin's face value, "ONE DOLLAR."
The Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC) is identified as the grader at the base of the label. Above that are three lines of text, as well as the certification number and barcode, which can be used to authenticate the coin. The first line of text, "2000 EAGLE S$1," informs owners and potential purchasers of the year of mintage, name of the coin, metal used, and face value. The next, "MILLENNIUM SET," identifies the coin as one of the 75,000 sets made. Finally, "MS 69," the third line of text, provides the grade of the coin. This grade indicates that the coin was struck well and is in nearly perfect condition.
Why add this 2000 Millennium Set Silver Eagle to your collection?
The 2000 Millennium Set Silver Eagle offers collectors an opportunity to get a unique version of a very popular government bullion coin. Each of these coins has a reeded edge and is .9993 pure silver. The coin weighs 31.07 g and has an actual silver weight of 1.0 Troy oz. While there were millions of American Silver Eagles minted in 2000, just 75,000 of these sets were made, making this a fairly scarce item.
|Year of Issue:||2000|
|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|