There are not many symbols of the United States of America that are more accurate than the bald eagle. Early leaders of the US selected the bald eagle as the nation’s emblem in 1792 because of the bird’s majesty, power, and longevity. The Founding Fathers believed they were creating a nation that would not perish from this Earth, and as such selected the bald eagle as an embodiment of the American spirit. Today, the 2012 1 oz Silver American Eagles are one of the lasting reminders of the eagle’s prominent place in American history. This coin was struck at the US Mint’s West Point facility and has been independently certified by the NGC as being an MS69.
The US Congress authorized the production of Silver American Eagle coins on July 9, 1985 when it passed the Liberty Coin Act. The act allowed the Treasury Department to have access to silver stores in the Defense National Stockpile to help raise funds for the federal government through the sale of silver bullion coins.
Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty design is featured on one side of the coin which shows an image of Lady Liberty that was first used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar, minted from 1916 to 1947. John Mercanti, the chief engraver of the US Mint at the time of the coin’s creation, designed the heraldic eagle used on the opposite side.
On the obverse side is Weinman’s Walking Liberty image. Lady Liberty can be seen walking toward the setting sun, an indication of America’s constant progress toward a bright future. The word “LIBERTY” is engraved above her head, while the year of minting and the phrase “In God We Trust” are engraved below.
Mercanti’s image features a bald eagle behind a heraldic shield. Above its head are 13 stars, representing the original American colonies. The eagle clutches arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other. The image is surrounded by engravings of “United States of America,” the weight, metal content, and face value of the coin.
These 2012 1 oz Silver American Eagles were produced at the West Point branch of the US Mint. The West Point branch is the newest facility of the mint. These coins are certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation as MS69 grade which indicates the coins have sharp, attractive appearances.
If you come accross any questions or concerns before placing your order for the 2012 (W) 1 oz Silver American Eagle NGC MS69 Coins, simply call Silver.com at 1-888-989-7223. You can also get in touch with us through our website’s live chat feature or email. If you are looking for more of these coins to add to your collection, make sure you look over our full collection of NGC Silver Eagles for other grades and years.