Design of the 2006 Silver Eagle
The obverse of the 2006 Silver Eagle features the Walking Liberty design that was created by Adolph A. Weinman back in 1916. The design was first used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar, which was minted from 1916-1947. The main figure is the lady Liberty. As with most other coins on which she appears, she faces to the left, though her body is open as she strides forward to her right foot. Her left food is extended behind her. Her hair flows in the wind, and she has her right arm outstretched in front of her. To the lower left is a small cloud on the horizon, behind which is the partially obscured sun with rays emanating from about half of it. The word “LIBERTY” is inscribed along the outside of the image, with the letters spread out such that the word covers slightly more than half of the rim. Between the “Y” in “LIBERTY” and Liberty’s left leg are the words, “IN GOD WE TRUST,” America’s official motto. The ground on which the figure is walking is flat, and the date of mintage, “2006,” appears under her right foot.
The coin’s reverse features a design by John Mercanti in 1986. It features an eagle with wings spread out protecting a shield that covers its body. In its beak, which turns to the left of the coin, it holds a ribbon that stretches out to each side. On the ribbon are words taken from the Great Seal of the United States: “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The first two words are on the left while the last is to the right. In one talon, the eagle holds an olive branch, which is a widely recognized symbol of peace. In the other, it holds arrows, just as it does on the Great Seal. The arrows represent the idea that America will fight for its ideals when necessary. Just under the arrows in small print are the initials “JM,” which are the initials of the man who designed the image. Above the eagle’s head is a downward pointing triangle of thirteen stars, harking back to the original states. They appear in four lines, with the top consisting of five, the next four, the third three, and the last, one. The rim on the top half features the words, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” Around the rim on the bottom are details about the coin itself: “1 OZ. FINE SILVER ~ ONE DOLLAR.”
At the bottom of the label, the NGC logo appears, identifying the grader, the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Just over the logo are a bar code and certification number, which make it easy for anyone engaging in a transaction involving the coin to confirm that it is authentic. Above that is the grade in bold print: “MS 70.” At the top is the identification of the coin: “2006 Eagle S$1.”
Why add this 2006 1 oz. Fine Silver Eagle NGC MS70 Mint State 70 to your collection?
The 2006 Silver Eagles were considered by many to be the nicest in the series up to that point. This coin is among the estimated 3.3% among those to be graded by NGS to receive a perfect grade, MS70. Over 10.5 million of these coins were minted in Philadelphia in 2006. The coin has a reeded edge and a diameter of 40.6 mm. This coin contains .999 Troy oz. of silver, weighing 31.10 g overall. Its fineness is .999. The coin makes for a beautiful part of a full set of American Silver Eagles ranging from 1986 to the present, but it can also stand in its own right as a perfect example of the world’s most widely recognized bullion coin in what may be its finest year of mintage.
|Year of Issue:||2006|
|Weight in Grams:||31.1 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||1 oz|