There is no singular product in the precious metals industry more popular than the Silver American Eagle. The official silver bullion coin of the United States, the Silver American Eagle celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016, and the United States Mint is celebrating in style. Right now, the 2016-W Burnished Silver American Eagle coin is available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic slab!
- 30th anniversary year for the Silver American Eagle!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of $1 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Issued a grade of Mint State 70 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Early Release designation!
- Walking Liberty from Adolph A. Weinman on the obverse.
- Heraldic eagle of the US from John Mercanti on the reverse.
- “W” mint mark from the West Point Mint.
Each 2016-W Burnished Silver American Eagle coin in this Silver.com product listing is a Mint State 70 coin, which the NGC considers to be perfect specimens. Coins in this condition have full, original luster and no detracting flaws or blemishes of any kind.
In order to receive the Early Release designation, coins must arrive at the NGC depository or an approved facility in sealed US Mint boxes within the first 30 days of the release date from the United States Mint.
In 2006, on the 20th anniversary of the program, the US Mint released an all-new burnished version of the popular coin series. The burnished coins are struck multiple times under high pressure, much like the proof version. Unlike the proof version though, the burnished coins are struck on specially treated blanks and handled only by hand wearing gloves to prevent tarnish or any other damage to the coin.
On the obverse of each 2016-W Burnished Silver American Eagle coin is Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty design. This depiction of Liberty is meant to represent the nation’s drive to consistently march toward a brighter future, as depicted by Liberty leading the nation forward with her right hand outstretched and the American flag draped over her shoulders.
The heraldic eagle of the United States graces the reverse of the coin. The reverse design comes from then-US Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti, who created the image in 1986 for this coin. A modern interpretation of a coining symbol used since 1794, it depicts the American bald eagle behind the national heraldic shield as it clutches arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other.
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