American Silver Eagles
The American Silver Eagle is an immensely popular bullion and collector coin produced by the United States Mint. In addition to being accumulated by precious metals investors, the coins have also been sought by collectors drawn to the beautiful designs and rarity of some issues.
The Silver Eagle was authorized under Public Law 99-61 or the Liberty Coin Act, approved July 9, 1985. Each coin was to be struck in one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver with the weight, content, and purity of the coins guaranteed by the United States government. Initially, the source of precious metal for the coins was taken from the Defense National Stockpile, however after this was exhausted metal has been purchased on the open market.
Production of the coins has taken place variously at the Philadelphia, San Francisco, and West Point facilities. The bullion versions of the coin do not carry a mint mark, while the proof coins contain the mint mark on the reverse.
The design of the American Silver Eagle is based on Adolph A. Weinman's "Walking Liberty" previously used on the circulating half dollar from 1916 to 1947. Lady Liberty is shown in a flowing gown with a flag draped across her shoulders. She walks towards the rising sun and carries a bouquet of branches. On the reverse is a heraldic eagle designed by John Mercanti. The eagle has a shield at its chest and a bundle of arrows and olive branch in its talons.
Collector versions of the coin have included an annual proof version, initially struck at the San Francisco Mint, later the Philadelphia Mint, and currently the West Point Mint. A collectible uncirculated version has been struck at the West Point Mint from 2006 to 2008 and from 2011 to present. Finally, reverse proof and enhanced uncirculated versions have been included within special anniversary sets.
This site provides listings of Silver Eagles which have been encapsulated and graded by PCGS or NGC and received the top grade of MS70, PR70DCAM, or PF 70 Ultra Cameo. Find the preferred coins to add to your collection.