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On October 1, 2020, the United States Mint revealed the much anticipated new reverse design that will debut sometime in 2021.
The new reverse design was created by Emily Damstra, a participant in the Artistic Infusion Program (AIP), and was sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist Michael Gaudioso. The reverse still features a bald eagle, but from a new perspective. The design depicts an eagle in flight, just about to land, talons grasping an oak branch.
The American Silver Eagle is one the world’s most collected bullion coin. Although it is an undisputed leader among silver bullion coins, it has not yet adapted to growing threats such as improved counterfeiting. In 2021, United States Mint is introducing new security features and historic updates to its original reverse design, which together are sure to make this coin even more popular in the coming years.
The first year with the redesigned reverse and new security features is sure to be held in special regard among collectors for decades to come.
The American Silver Eagle Program made its debut in 1986 with both gold and silver cons. The coins were not the first modern bullion issues, with coins such as South Africa’s gold krugerrand and Canada’s Gold Maple Leaf already available. Even so, both coins quickly rose to prominence and popularity not only for their stunning designs but also for their US government backing for weight and purity.
The designs of the series have remained constant, with relatively minor changes being made for their first three and a half decades. Sometime in 2021, Silver Eagles will start to feature a new reverse design. By law, this design cannot change again for at least 25 years.
The obverse design of the Silver Eagle will continue to feature Adolph Weinman’s famous Walking Liberty design. Revived for the series after first featuring on half dollars from 1916-1947, the design features Liberty draped in the American flag and wearing a Phrygian cap that identifies her as a freed slave. She walked confidently with laurel and oak branches, symbols of civilian and military honors, in her left hand. Her right hand she extends in front of her above the morning sun, as if presenting the new day to the holder.
The 2021 Silver Eagle featuring the new reverse design will be available in 2021.
On June 23, 2020 the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) held a public meeting via telephone to discuss the themes and designs of upcoming programs. The June 23rd meeting involved a discussion and review of some of the proposed reverse designs for the 2021 American Silver Eagle coin.
Many collectors have been avidly waiting the unveil of the new reverse design and while none of the thirty-nine proposed designs have been chosen yet, the candidates offer a glimpse of what the American Silver Eagle may look like next year. The security features that will also be included with the new design have yet to be revealed as well. To view all the proposed designs, check out the United States Mint’s website here.
For more information about this exciting twist on an American classic, read this info-vault article about the new reverse design.
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