Without question, the Burnished Silver American Eagle is the most unique coin in the Silver Eagle series. The official silver bullion coin of the United States, the burnished silver coin was introduced for the first time in 2006.
- Struck using a special coining process at the US Mint.
- Issued a perfect SP70 grade from the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- Includes a special Gold Foil label, indicating that these coins came from the first day’s worth of strikes at the West Point mint location.
- PCGS limits grading for this SP70 Gold Foil label to 2015 coins total, ensuring there will be a low total coin population for this item indefinitely.
- Each coin contains 1 ounce of .999 pure silver.
The Burnished Silver American Eagle coin went into production for the first time 20 years after the original Silver American Eagle was introduced. After just three years of production, the coin went through a two-year hiatus before returning in 2011. The burnished coins have been struck at the West Point Mint every year since 2011. Mintage for the burnished coins has dipped in recent years, increasing the value as demand remains despite lower availability.
Burnished Silver American Eagle coins are produced using a unique coining process similar to the production of Proof Silver Eagles. However, instead of using a burnished die to create coins, the Mint uses burnished blanks (planchets) and strikes them using a standard die cast. All burnished blanks are hand loaded into the coining press before being struck with the die.
On the obverse side of each coin is the iconic image of Lady Liberty walking toward the sunset, the American flag draped over her shoulders. Designed by Adolph A. Weinman, this image first appeared on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar in 1916. The reverse bears the heraldic eagle created in 1986 by John Mercanti, chief engraver with the United States Mint.
Few Silver American Eagles are unique to one facility in the United States Mint system, with the exception of these Burnished Silver American Eagles. Each one is struck only at the West Point Mint.
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