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2011 Silver Eagle
The 2011 Silver Eagle is a special issue in that it celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the creation of this beautiful bullion series, which began in 1986. The origination of this series was a response to competition in the world precious metals markets with tangible metal made in affordable pieces with the United States of America stamped into its design. Much excitement surrounded the beginning of this cherished series when it was first released in November of 1986, an excitement that continues to this day with over one hundred million pieces minted and sold.
In recognition of the special occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Silver Eagle, the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has added to the overprint text for their labels to include a line commemorating the anniversary at the top of the label for each coin graded. This special labeling was the first of its kind and adds a special notation to a year run of Silver Eagles!
2011 Silver Eagle Design
During the period when the American Silver Eagle program was announced, collectors were longing a return to the 'renaissance of US coins; that began with Theodore Roosevelt in the early 20th century. He had an idea to infuse great works of art into America's coinage, and this design was one of the last designs to change. The 'Walking Liberty' design originally created by German born designer Adolph A. Weinman was one of several designs released during this period - it made its debut in 1916 alongside Weinman's other famous renaissance design, the Winged Liberty Head (Mercury) dime. The grace and beauty of his Walking Liberty half dollar design transcends time, as is proven by its successful use to this day on the Silver Eagle coin.
The design used on the reverse of the Silver Eagle is the work of 12th Chief Engraver of the US Mint, John M Mercanti. It incorporates a heraldic eagle design with symbols found on coins going all the way back to the beginning of the first US Mint in Philadelphia. The Eagle is protected by a striped shield and carries an olive branch for peace in one talon, and arrows signifying defense in its other talon. A ribbon in its beak carries on the traditional Latin phrase 'E Pluribus Unum,' meaning 'of many, one' speaking of the many states that unite to form one country. Thirteen stars fill the upper field area in a triangle shape, one for each of the original thirteen states of the United States.
NGC Mint State 70 – making the grade
This coin is graded MS70 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). The NGC grading scale works on a 70 point scale with 1 being a barely recognizable coin to a 70 being a coin that appears as-minted without flaws. This puts this coin in an elite and small group of coins on which the professional graders consider nearly flawless - the highest grade achievable by any coin!
|Year of Issue:||2011|
|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|