When investors and collectors look for a safe option in the world of precious metals, the Silver American Eagle is a beacon of hope. Produced annually by the United States Mint, the Silver American Eagle serves as the official silver coin of the United States and is available in bullion, proof, and burnished versions. Today, the Silver American Eagle is available from varied years on Silver.com.
- Official coins of the United States of America!
- Debuted in 1986!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of $1 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- On the obverse is the image of Walking Liberty.
- The reverse of the coin features the heraldic eagle of the US.
- Coins available from various years of production.
In this Silver.com listing you’ll find Silver American Eagle coins available for purchase from various years of mintage. The coins will feature a year of mintage between 1986 and 2015, but the specific year of mintage you receive depends upon availability at the time your order is processed and fulfilled for shipping.
Introduced in 1986, the Silver American Eagle has seen various ups and downs in its popularity over the course of decades of availability. The coins feature .999 fine silver content and contain exactly One Troy ounce of the precious metal, both of which are guaranteed by the United States government and established by the Liberty Coin Act signed by Congress.
When the Silver American Eagle was introduced, it was available in a bullion and proof version. The bullion coins were struck by the San Francisco Mint from 1986 until 1998, followed by two years at the Philadelphia Mint. Since 2001, the Silver Eagle bullion coin has been produced at the West Point Mint.
The proof Silver American Eagle was also produced at the San Francisco Mint originally, but only until 1992. From 1993 to 2000 the coins were produced by the Philadelphia Mint, and like the bullion coin has been struck at the West Point Mint since 2001. Burnished versions of the coin, introduced in 2006, have always been struck at the West Point Mint.
Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty design from 1916 has been the face of the Silver American Eagle’s obverse side since its introduction. Walking Liberty depicts the image of Liberty walking toward the setting sun, indicative of the nation’s desire to move toward a brighter future.
The reverse of the coin features a design from then-US Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti. His heraldic eagle design is a modern take on one of the nation’s oldest designs. Mercanti was Chief Engraver at the US Mint from 1986 to 2010, and his other creations include the obverse design of the Platinum American Eagle coin.
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