The United States Mint introduced the Silver American Eagle coin for the first time in 1986, which makes 2016 a major milestone in the program’s history as the nation’s official silver bullion coin celebrates its 30th anniversary. To honor 30 years of production for the most popular coin in the world, a special coin bar set has been developed to house the 2016 Silver American Eagle. Right now, Silver.com offers the 2016 3 oz 30th Anniversary Silver American Eagle Coin Bar.
- Centerpiece Silver American Eagle consists of one ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Coin face value of $1 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Set within a two ounce silver bar (privately minted) for a total weight of three troy ounces of pure silver.
- Celebrates 30 years of Silver American Eagle production.
Silver American Eagle coins are part of the larger American Eagle bullion and proof coin series from the United States Mint. The program consists of a bullion, proof, and burnished version of the coin in both gold and silver, with a platinum version available in bullion and proof only.
When the coin was introduced, the US Mint chose Adolph A. Weinman’s historic Walking Liberty design for the obverse face. Weinman’s design was created in 1916 and was part of a wide effort by the federal government to overhaul the design of all gold and silver coinage. Walking Liberty originally appeared on a half-dollar coin from 1916 to 1947.
US Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti was tasked with developing a design for the reverse, and developed a modern heraldic eagle design. Featured on countless coins in American history, the heraldic eagle features an American bald eagle behind a shield. Mercanti’s version includes 13 stars above the eagle’s head as a symbol of the original American Colonies.
All Silver American Eagle coins are produced at the United States Mint. While numerous facilities contribute to production, the striking of Silver American Eagles is predominantly the responsibility of the West Point Mint.
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