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The American Silver Eagle
The Silver Eagle was initially approved in the Liberty Coin Act of 1985 that set forth the measures by which the United States Mint would make gold and silver bullion coins to compete on the world precious metals market. The first Silver Eagle was minted in November of 1986. This modern icon of American coinage is among the most popularly collected coins in the world, and is considered by many to be the top silver bullion coin minted today.
All mint state (uncirculated) bullion issue Silver Eagles were minted in the millions, making them readily available to collectors and investors. Finding all of them can be a bit of a challenge considering some of them have lower mintage figures making them a little more difficult to find.
Silver Eagle Design
The American Silver Eagle has its success to thank, in part, to those who listened to the collectors who wanted to bring back the classic beauty of the coins minted during the American renaissance of coinage, brought on by the imagination of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907. His wish for more artful coins that were "distinctly American" brought on a re-design of most of America's coinage, and this design - created by sculptor Adolph A. Weinman - was no exception.
Weinman's designs included the 'Walking Liberty half dollar' and the 'Winged Head Liberty (Mercury) dime, both of which made their debut in 1916. The design selected for the obverse of the Silver Eagle in 1986 was the half dollar design created by Weinman in 1916. The design shows Liberty walking in front of a sunrise, draped in an American flag and carrying a bough of oak and olive branches. Across the top of the design reads the word "LIBERTY," and to complete the design "In God We Trust" shows in the bottom right of the design and the date is at the bottom of the design in the ground on which Liberty is walking.
The reverse design of the Silver Eagle is a heraldic eagle design similar to previous designs of the same theme created by the Chief Engraver of the Mint John M. Mercanti. It shows an eagle standing proud with a shield over its chest, a bundle of olive twigs in one talon and arrows in the other talon. There are thirteen stars in an inverted triangle above the eagle - one for each of the thirteen original states of the United States.
Random Date Selection
Customers who purchase this item will receive a random date item graded MS69 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). We cannot guarantee specific dates, and we do not have all dates in stock.
|Year of Issue:||Random Date|
|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|