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When people around the globe think of the United States of America, there are a few images that come to mind. Among the most noticeable images that are used to identify America are the Bald Eagle and Lady Liberty. The Silver American Eagle was first struck in 1986, carrying the stamp of these two iconic images on its obverse and reverse sides. Today, the Silver American Eagle remains in production; with collectors continuing to prize the coins that have been minted, regardless of the year each coin was struck. The 1997 1 oz. Silver American Eagle carries the original design of the 1986 coin which has remained unchanged on the coin to date.
The idea for the production of American Silver Eagle coins came about during the 1970s and 1980s. As the US government sought to sell off silver from its Defense National Stockpile, the idea was to help raise funds for the federal government and balance the budget. The first Silver American Eagle coins were minted at the San Francisco Mint on October 29, 1986. Only three mints in the United States Mint system have produced these coins through the years. In addition to the San Francisco Mint, the Silver Eagles are produced at the Philadelphia Mint and West Point Mint.
The 1997 1 oz. Silver American Eagle coin features the two designs mentioned earlier. On the coin’s obverse, investors will find the image of Lady Liberty designed by Adolph A. Weinman in 1916. His original “Walking Liberty” image was designed for use on Walking Liberty Half Dollar coins from 1916 to 1947. As Lady Liberty walks toward the setting sun, the word “Liberty” is emblazoned above her head, with the phrase “In God We Trust” at her heels.
On the reverse of the 1997 1 oz. Silver American Eagle is the heraldic bald eagle image designed by John Mercanti in 1986. Mercanti’s eagle features a heraldic shield, an olive branch in its right talon, and arrows in its left talon. Above the eagle’s head are 13 stars, representing the original 13 American colonies.
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