The 2008 Mint State 69 American Silver Eagle
Featuring the artistry of early 20th century designer Adolph A. Weinman and former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti, the 2008 Mint State 69 American Silver Eagle coin builds upon one of the world’s most popular coin programs. When you add it to your silver collection, you’ll see why it has delighted coin collectors across the globe.
First minted in 1986, the American Silver Eagle program originated from a U.S. desire to compete strategically with other international producers in the bullion market. The coin proved to be an instant hit, with production barely meeting sell-out demand every year. In 2008, with demand at an all-time high due to an unfavorable economic climate, the U.S. increased mintages. While in 2007, approximately 10 million American Silver Eagles were struck, in 2008, the total figure exceeded 21 million—with uncirculated Silver Eagles such as this 2008 American Silver Eagle Mint State 69, numbering just over 20 million.
As with all bullion coins, the value is not tied to production amounts but to the intrinsic value of the coin’s silver content, an amount backed by the U.S. government. Accordingly, the coins from all years of the American Silver Eagle program remain in high demand.
Your 2008 American Silver Eagle was minted at the West Point Mint (NY). A reeded coin, it weighs 31.013 g, and its diameter is 2.98 mm.
The design of the 2008 Silver Eagle Graded Mint State 69
Reviving the “Walking Liberty” design of Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty Half Dollar to use in the American Silver Eagle program was a relatively easy decision for the U.S. Mint. One of the most popular designs in modern coins, “Walking Liberty” depicts a confident Lady Liberty stepping out across an open plain as the sun rises behind her, one arm outstretched and the other holding olive branches. Also on the obverse are the listings “2008,” “LIBERTY,” and the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
The reverse of the coin is the work of former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti. His design features an American Bald Eagle with outspread wings, rising behind a shield. Above the eagle hang thirteen five-pointed stars, representing the original thirteen colonies. Surrounding the heraldic eagle is an inscription that includes “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “1 OZ. FINE SILVER—ONE DOLLAR” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Why add the 2008 Silver Eagle – Mint State 69 coin to your collection?
Sometimes, the popularity of a coin can decrease its interest among collectors—not so with the American Silver Eagle program. These coins’ value is tied to their silver content, an amount backed by the U.S. government. They have remained a perennial part of the discerning silver stacker’s collection, and have been favorites of coin enthusiasts as well for their striking design, which evokes both patriotic pride and enduring U.S. craftsmanship.
To further add to the value of the coin, the 2008 Silver Eagle has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as MS (or Mint State) 69. MS69 is the second-highest allowable grade for coins on a 1-70 scale, and indicates that this coin has extraordinary eye appeal, with no more than two small, non-detracting contract marks or flaws, and absolutely no hairlines or scuff marks. From our collection to yours, it will remain in pristine, uncirculated condition.
|Year of Issue:||2008|
|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|