American Silver Eagle


American Silver Eagle

Infobox Coin
Country = United States
Denomination = Silver Eagle
Value = 1.00
Unit = U.S. dollars
Mass = 31.103
Diameter = 40.60
Thickness = 2.98
Edge = reeded
Composition = 99.9% Ag
Years of Minting = 1986-present
Catalog Number = -
Obverse = 2006_AESilver_Proof_Obv.png Obverse Design = Liberty walking
Obverse Designer = Adolph A. Weinman
Obverse Design Date = 1916
Reverse = 2006_AESilver_Proof_Rev.png Reverse Design = Heraldic Eagle with Shield
Reverse Designer = John Mercanti
Reverse Design Date = 1986

The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States. It was first released by the United States Mint on November 24, 1986. It is struck only in the 1 troy oz denomination which has a nominal face value of one dollar and is guaranteed to contain one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. It is authorized by the United States Congress and its weight and content is certified by the United States Mint. The American Silver Eagle bullion coin may be used to fund Individual Retirement Account investments. The United States Mint also produces a proof version for coin collectors. The Silver Eagle has been produced at three mints. One is the Philadelphia mint, and some of those issued there carry a "P" mintmark. In the early years of the series, the San Francisco mint issued proofs and these bear an "S". More recent proofs are from the mint at West Point, New York. The latter have a "W" on the reverse, as illustrated here.

Design

The design on the obverse was taken from the classic "Walking Liberty" design by Adolph A. Weinman, which had originally been used on the half-dollar coin of the United States from 1916 to 1947. As this iconic design had been a public favorite –and indeed one most beloved designs of any United States coinage of modern times, silver or otherwise– it was revived for the Silver Eagle decades later. The reverse portrays a heraldic eagle designed by John Mercanti.

Value

Mintages, and thus prices, of uncirculated and proof specimens have varied widely, and the potential collector is advised to check a standard reference book before buying them. Generally the business strikes have minted in the millions, while the proofs were issued in the hundreds of thousands. Thus, most dates are not particularly expensive at around $23 each, although some of the early 1990s proofs sell for over $100 (1993 for example). Also, the special 1995W issue (30,125 sold) is worth several thousand dollars. The 2006 Silver Eagle 20th Anniversary boxed set, with uncirculated, proof, and the previously-unreleased reverse proof pieces, had a maximum mintage of 250,000 and quickly sold out from the Mint at a catalog price of $100. As of January 2008 it was selling for over $350.

Minting History

Sources:
1986-2005: The Official Red Book; a Guide Book of United Stated Coins 2008 61st Edition, ISBN 9780794822682.
2006-2008: http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/american_eagles/index.cfm?action=sales&year=2008

ee also

*American Gold Eagle
*American Buffalo (coin)
*American Platinum Eagle
*Canadian Silver Maple Leaf
*United States dollar coin
*1804 silver dollar

External links

* [http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/index.cfm?action=american_eagles United States Mint American Eagles page]
*PDFlink| [http://www.usmint.gov/downloads/mint_programs/am_eagles/AMERSILVREAGLE.pdf Brochure from the U.S. Mint] |767 KiB
* [http://www.coinpage.com/silver%20eagle-pictures.html American Silver Eagle Pictures]
* [http://www.silver-eagle-coins.com/Images/2005SE_large.jpgHigh Resolution Silver Eagle Image]


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