The American Silver Eagle Series is the most popular silver bullion coin series in the world. First minted in 1986, Silver Eagles celebrated their 30th anniversary last year. Now in 2017, you can be among the first to collect the Proof American Silver Eagle in its 31st year!
The design on the obverse of the American Silver Eagle is actually older than the coin itself. Known as “Walking Liberty,” it was created back in 1916 by famous designer, Adolph A. Weinman for a silver half dollar. The design was well-appreciated by Americans, and it remained the design of the U.S. half dollar until 1947. In 1986, this design returned to grace the obverse of an American coin authorized under the Liberty Coin Act of 1985 – the American Silver Eagle!
This design shows Weinman’s depiction of Lady Liberty in stride, with the sun rising in the background. Draped with the Flag of the United States, she holds oak and laurel branches in her left hand, with her right arm raised out in front of her. The inscription “LIBERTY” arcs across the top of the design, whereas “IN GOD WE TRUST” appears by her right leg. The coin’s Proof finish highlights the design, and brings out a sharp contrast between the design and mirrored portions. For the first time in the history of the series, “2017” appears in exergue.
The design on the reverse of American Silver Eagles was created by the numismatic legend John Mercanti in 1986, just for the new coin series. With patriotic aspects that are symbolic of iconic American virtues, it has remained a popular design which has graced the obverse of American Silver Eagles ever since. This popular reverse design has reached its 31st year with this 2017 release.
The design shows an image of a heraldic bald eagle with a shield on its breast. A streamer bearing the U.S. motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” Latin for “Out of Many, One,” is clutched in its beak. Its left claw holds a bundle of arrows, while its right grasps an olive branch. Directly above the head of the eagle is a triangle of 13 stars, to represent the 13 original colonies. Encircling the design are the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “1 OZ. FINE SILVER~ONE DOLLAR,” and the West Point Mint mark “W.” All of this is highlighted with the brilliant, mirrored field and frosted devices created by the proof finish.