History of the American Silver Eagle Dollar (courtesy of Wikipedia)
The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States. It was first released by the United States Mint on Nov 24, 1986. It is struck only in the one-troy ounce size, which has a nominal face value of $1 and is guaranteed to contain one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. Its content, weight, and purity are certified by the United States Mint. In addition to the bullion version, the United States Mint has produced a proof version and an uncirculated version for coin collectors. The Silver Eagle has been produced at the Philadelphia Mint, the San Francisco Mint, and the West Point Mint. Below are the coin cases, albums and coin capsules we offer designed for Silver Eagles.
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History of the Silver Eagle Dollar (continued)
Considered some of the most beautiful coins ever minted, Silver Eagles are among the finest silver coins issued by the United States. However, the reverse of the American Silver Eagle coin is as impressive as the obverse. Featuring an American eagle, the very symbol of our nation’s freedom, the reverse echoes patriotism and national pride.
The design on the coin's obverse was taken from the "Walking Liberty" design by Adolph A. Weinman, which originally had been used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar coin of the United States from 1916 to 1947. As this iconic design had been a public favorite—and one of the most beloved designs of any United States coinage of modern times, silver or otherwise—it was revived for the Silver Eagle decades later. The obverse is inscribed with the year of minting or issuance, the word LIBERTY, and the phrase IN GOD WE TRUST.
The reverse was designed by John Mercanti and portrays a heraldic eagle behind a shield; the eagle grasps an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left talon, echoing the Great Seal of the United States; above the eagle are thirteen five-pointed stars representing the Thirteen Colonies The reverse is inscribed with the phrases UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 OZ. FINE SILVER~ONE DOLLAR, and E PLURIBUS UNUM (on the banner that the eagle holds in its beak), as well as the mintmark if applicable.
News about the Silver Eagle Dollars: (courtesy of coinweek.com)
On April 8 the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (www.ccac.gov) held a two-hour meeting about the new Silver Eagle... read more »
The United States Mint continues its efforts to create new and interesting numismatic collectibles. Marc Landry runs the plant at the Philadelphia Mint and is also Acting... read more »
The U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) began taking orders for a special two-coin West Point American silver eagle set that will mark the 75th anniversary of the Mint’s facility at West Point. The... read more »
Collecting modern U.S. coins just got a lot more interesting. There have been a series of rather dramatic developments involving the U.S. Mint, whose origins and implications remain... read more »
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