The American Silver Eagle series is a mainstay in collections all over the world. It is also one of the most widely cherished issues in the precious metals industry. The series is struck and guaranteed by the United States Mint which has been meeting the Nation’s circulating coinage, medallic arts and Numismatic collector needs since 1792!
This series has been wildly popular since it was first authorized by the Liberty Coin Act of 1985. It is struck in a proof finish, the U.S. Mint’s uncirculated or “burnished” finish and the widely adored bullion version.
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The Silver Eagle series was first struck in 1986 as America’s official Silver Bullion coin. It is the modern-day descendant of the silver dollars and is struck on 1 oz. .999 pure silver planchets. This issue has become one of the most widely anticipated releases of the year. It is one of the most iconic, sought-after and trusted bullion issues in the world. The series is the primary government guaranteed vehicle for silver bullion ownership for American citizens. Be sure to check out the other American Eagle series: the Gold Eagle, the Platinum Eagles and the all-new Palladium Eagle.
The design utilized on the obverse of the coin uses the Walking Liberty image that was introduced in 1916 on the circulating US half dollar coin. This is often referred to as the most beautiful design ever struck in silver by the United States Mint. It was designed by Adolph A. Weinman and features a full-length depiction of Lady Liberty as she traverses the American Landscape, spreading strength and prosperity to all. As she strides with confidence she is wrapped in the Stars and Stripes and backlit by the rising sun. The motto inscription “Liberty” appears at the rim. The motto “In God We Trust” appears at Liberty’s side.
The image used on the reverse of the series was designed by the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, John M. Mercanti. It is an original Heraldic Eagle design. The Patriotic Bald Eagle is shown with a shield protecting his breast and his powerful wings are spread wide displaying his spectacular strength and plumage. He clutches arrows and an olive branch in his talons. Overhead is an inverted triangle comprised of thirteen stars which represent the thirteen colonies. The eagle holds a ribbon in his mouth with the Latin phrase “E Pluribus Unim” which means “Out of many, one.” The inscriptions along the rim include “The United States of America” “1 oz. Fine Silver” and “One Dollar.”