The Burnished Silver American Eagle is the newest addition to the nation’s most popular coin program. Introduced by the US Mint on the 20th anniversary of the American Eagle series in 2006, today these coins stand out for their brilliant design and enhanced beauty. Today, the 2008-W 1 oz Burnished Silver American Eagle is available with a perfect certification level on Silver.com.
- Only 4,908 coins earned this certification level!
- Third annual release of the Burnished Silver American Eagle.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic slab courtesy of the PCGS.
- May contain MS as well as SP designations.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $1 (USD) by the United States government.
- Bears a grade of MS70 from the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- Walking Liberty on the obverse.
- Heraldic eagle on the reverse.
- Features the “W” mint mark of the West Point Mint.
In 2006, the United States Mint issued the burnished coin as part of the 20th anniversary of the American Eagle program. Available in both the gold and silver versions of the coin, mintage levels for these coins have been significantly lower than the bullion version each year, and in most cases lower than the proof as well.
The 2008 Burnished Silver American Eagle coin saw a mintage of level of 533,000 coins. This figure was roughly 170,000 lower than the mintage of the standard proof in 2008, but did help contribute to a record-breaking year for the Silver American Eagle in 2008.
After 23 years of production, the record year for sales of the coin was still the 1987 release with its 12.7 million coins. However, with 21.8 million coins struck in 2008, the United States Mint broke not only the overall mintage figure for a single year, but also the sales figure for bullion coins in a single year.
On the obverse is the now-familiar Walking Liberty design from Adolph A. Weinman, which originally appeared on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar from 1916 to 1947. You can find the heraldic eagle of the United States on the reverse, as refined in 1986 by then-Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, John Mercanti.
Each of these coins has an MS70 grade from the PCGS, indicating a product with its full, original mint luster and a lack of any detracting flaws on its surface.
Please contact Silver.com with any questions you might have about these coins. You can reach us on the phone at 888-989-7223, online using our live chat, and via email.