The Silver American Eagle entered the 21st century with a bang in 2000, producing one of the highest mintage years in program history. With 9.8 million coins struck in 2000, the only higher mintage levels to date at this point in program history came in 1987 when demand for the new (at that time) coins skyrocketed. Right now, the 2000-P Proof Silver American Eagle is available for purchase on Silver.com.
- Total proof mintage in 2000 was 600,000 coins!
- 15th annual striking of the Proof Silver American Eagle.
- Arrives in a commemorative box and features a Certificate of Authenticity.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of $1 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Struck at the Philadelphia Mint and includes a “P” mint mark.
Silver American Eagle coins were growing with each passing year at the dawn of the 21st century. A sagging American economy was having a negative impact on market portfolios, and investors increasingly sought out the government-backed purity and silver content of the nation’s official bullion coin as an escape from market woes.
Production of bullion coins in 2000 again jumped sharply, rising nearly 2 million coins from 7.4 million in 1999 to 9.2 million in 2000. This figure was nearly double the number of bullion coins produced just two years earlier in 1998. Mintage had now risen for four consecutive years in the bullion series, and three consecutive years in the proof.
Proof Silver American Eagles had a more modest increase in 2000 of just 51,000 coins. However, the 600,000 coins minted in 2000 is almost double the number of proof coins struck in 1994 when mintage hit an all-time low in program history.
The obverse of each coin features Walking Liberty, an image created by Adolph A. Weinman in 1916 and used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar until 1947. On the reverse you’ll find the heraldic eagle of the United States. John Mercanti created this design as the Chief Engraver of the United States, a post he held from 1986 until his retirement in 2010.
This was the final year that Silver American Eagle coins, both proof and bullion, would be struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Proof coins had been at Philadelphia since 1993, and the bullion coins since 1999. Starting in 2001, all Silver American Eagle coins would be struck at the West Point Mint.
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