American Silver Eagle coins are known for their beautifully designed engravings and collectability. The only official bullion of the United States, the Silver Eagle has become extremely popular among investors across the world. The obverse portrays an image of Lady Liberty designed by Adolph A. Weinman in 1916, which was also on the 1916 to 1947 Walking Liberty Half Dollar coins. On the reverse is a heraldic eagle clutching an olive branch and arrows in his talons. The thirteen stars above his head represent the thirteen original colonies.

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American Silver Eagle Coins

American Silver Eagle Coins are a popular investment vehicle for beginners and experienced investors alike. These coins offer an affordable way to invest in silver while still owning a beautifully designed collectable coin. Each coin is 1 Troy ounce of silver. They are recognized as legal tender by the United States government and have a face value of $1 USD.

History

The American Silver Eagle was originally created to sell off excessive silver from the Defense National Stockpile. The American Silver Eagle program was first proposed in the 1970s, however, the first coin was not released until 1986 after the passage of the 1985 Liberty Coin Act. The program was so popular that Congress decided to continue the program after the silver stockpiles were depleted in 2002. The silver contained within the coins is now sourced from open market silver.

Design

The obverse design, created by medalist Adolph Weinman, has been in production on various coins since 1916. Originally featured on the Walking Liberty Half Dollars from 1916 to 1947, the design was so beloved by the public that it was revived for the release of the American Silver Eagle Coin in 1986. Lady Liberty is shown walking through rays of sunlight wrapped in the American flag. In her left hand, she holds branches of laurel and oak symbolizing civil and military glory.

The reverse was designed by United States Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti. The engraving features an eagle with his wings expanded and a shield across his chest. In his beak, he carries a ribbon with the inscription “E. Pluribus Unum” and in his talons, an olive branch and arrows. Thirteen five-point stars representing the thirteen original colonies float above his regal head.

Availability

The American Silver Eagle Coin can be purchased individually, in tubes of 20, or a monster box of 500. Available mint years include: 2017, 2018 (coming soon), or varied year.