The annual release of the classic American Silver Eagle will have a twist this year. 2021 marks the 35th anniversary of the series as well as its first significant design. The original heraldic eagle reverse design, which has appeared on the series since its start in 1986, transitioned to a new reverse design in mid-2021.
The summer of 2021 sees the release of an additional West Point Mint struck Proof American Silver Eagle that will bear the “new reverse” design that has been well-telegraphed over the last two years. The transition from the iconic, heraldic eagle design to the new design created by Emily Damstra means 2021 will be novel for the issuance of Proof American Silver Eagles bearing two different reverse designs. This transitory period presents collectors with an opportunity to say goodbye to a numismatic favorite and say hello to a new reverse which will be with us for many years to come.
The Silver Eagle coin is a masterpiece first struck by the U.S. Mint in 1986. Regardless of the finish, each coin is struck on a .999 fine silver planchet weighing one troy ounce.
The obverse of the series will continue to feature the timeless Adolph Weinman Walking Liberty design. This well-known image depicts Liberty striding with confidence over rocky terrain. She symbolizes the American ideals of prosperity and strength as she traverses the coin. The Type-II obverse includes Adolph Weinman's artist initials, “AW” for the first time in the series.
The original reverse of the series, which features former United States Chief Engraver John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle reverse design retired in mid-2021. The new reverse will feature a Bald Eagle in flight. This eagle holds an oak branch. The designer of the new reverse is Emily Damstra. Ms. Damstra is an experienced numismatic designer and nature illustrator. She has done over forty previous designs for the U.S. Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint since 2010. She is part of the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). Michael Gaudioso, a U.S. Mint Engraver, sculpted this new design.
The Type-II American Silver Eagle also includes an anti-counterfeit reeded edge variation as a first-ever security feature for the series!
The popular Proof American Silver Eagle coin is usually struck at the West Point Branch of the U.S. Mint, although the San Francisco Branch Mint has also struck Proof Eagles in recent years. Coins struck at West Point bear the iconic “W” mintmark. Many United States Mint gold coins, like the Gold Buffalo series, the American Gold Eagle series, and various gold commemorative coins, are struck there as well.
While supplies last, ModernCoinMart will offer raw examples in OGP and graded examples from Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) with a variety of labels and designations.
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