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2002-W Silver Eagle NGC PF69 UC Proof 69 Ultra Cameo
Silver American Eagles produced by the United States Mint are one of the most popular modern coins in the world. Minted with collectors in mind, the proof version of the silver eagle coin features a mirror-like finish that adds an extra element of beauty to an already gorgeous coin.
This particular 2002 Silver American Eagle (SAE) was certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as a nearly-perfect PF69 and bears a “W” mint mark, indicating it was minted at the West Point Mint facility of the U.S. Mint. The Ultra Cameo designation is given to this proof coin as well, referring to the high degree of contrast between the raised design parts of the coin and the flat mirrored area behind the raised design.
Classic Design of the Silver American Eagle
The obverse image utilized on all Silver American Eagle coins from the U.S. Mint is a rendition of sculptor Adolph A. Weinman's Walking Liberty design, which originally appeared on the first circulating half-dollar coins in the United States in 1916. This classic imagery depicts a full-length Lady Liberty in stride and wrapped in the protection of the flag of the United States of America. She also carries branches of laurel and oak in her left hand, while extending her right hand forward as if reaching towards the future. Inscriptions on the obverse of the 2002-W SAE include “LIBERTY”, “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “2002”.
On the reverse of Silver American Eagles you will find a classic design created by John Mercanti, a famous former Sculptor-Engraver of the United States Mint. Mercanti's design showcases the patriotic and heraldic bald eagle. The eagle is protected by a shield in front of its body and holds an olive branch in its right talon, arrows in its left talon and a ribbon inscribed with “E PLURIBUS UNUM” in its beak. Just above the eagle's head and between its outstretched wings are thirteen stars, representative of the original thirteen colonies of the United States. Below the olive branch in the eagle's right talon is the “W” mint mark. Other inscriptions found around the outer edge of the design include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “1 OZ. FINE SILVER” and “ONE DOLLAR”.
Why collectors love Silver American Eagles – and you will too!
Every Silver American Eagle coin released by the U.S. Mint is guaranteed by the United States government to contain 1 Troy oz. of .999 fine silver and weigh in at 31.101 grams – with an actual silver weight of 31.07 grams. SAEs carry a one dollar face value, which of course is largely symbolic as the real value of the coin is in the silver content combined with the collectability of this great coin. Adding to the allure of this 2002-W Silver Eagle Proof Ultra Cameo coin is the fact that it has been certified as PF69 UC by NGC. This is a great opportunity to own an affordable nearly-perfect SAE encapsulated and protected in an NGC case.
|Year of Issue:||2002|
|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|
The United States Mint Proof Coins represent the finest coinage specimens produced in terms of overall quality and eye appeal. A proof coin is a specially made coin distinguished by sharpness of detail, usually with brilliant mirror-like surfaces.