The earliest date marks in the Proof Silver American Eagle Series were some of the highest in the program’s history, and remain some of the hardest to find. Serious collectors hold on to the early date marks as a representative of the initial era of Silver American Eagle coining. One of the harder date marks to find is the 1988 Proof Silver Eagle. Today, 1988-S 1 oz Proof Silver American Eagles in near-perfect condition are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship to you inside a protective plastic slab from the PCGS!
- Third year of release in the Proof Silver American Eagle Series!
- Announced mintage of 557,370 coins!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- The face value of $1 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Graded PR69 by the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- DCAM specimens.
- Walking Liberty on the obverse.
- Heraldic eagle of the United States on the reverse.
- Bears an “S” mint mark from the San Francisco Mint.
The debut of the Proof Silver American Eagle in 1986 resulted in massive demand for the coin in the Proof Series, with a major surge through the first two years in the BU Series. In fact, the 1986 Proof Silver Eagle remains the highest minted as of 2021 with a total of 1.446 million coins. The next closest coin was the 2006 20th-anniversary release, and it still fell short of that mark by 400,000 coins. Just two years after the debut of the series in 1986, demand had fallen to the point that the 1988 coin set a then-low-mintage of just over 557,000 coins. This remains the eighth-lowest mintage as of 2021.
All of these 1988-S 1 oz Proof Silver American Eagles are available to you with a near-perfect certification. The PR69 grade from the PCGS indicates a coin that has full, original mint luster, but also presents with a maximum of two minor detracting flaws. Those detractions are limited in nature to minuscule contact marks or hairlines and must be found outside of the primary focal points of the coin.
The included DCAM label identifies these coins as deep-cameo specimens. This indicates a cameo-proof coin with strong, frosted designs and deeply-mirrored, clear background fields.
Walking Liberty features on the obverse side of 1988-S 1 oz Proof Silver American Eagles. Created in 1916, this vision shows Liberty walking toward the sun with her right hand outstretched, her left hand carrying branches of oak and laurel, and the American flag draped around her figure.
The heraldic eagle of the United States is found on the reverse of the 1988-S Proof Silver Eagle. This iconic design was created in 1986 by John Mercanti as a modernized version of an image that dates back to 1795 and the very first coins issued by the US Mint.
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