The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States, first released by the U.S. Mint in 1986. The coin is only struck in one size, the one ounce, which has the face value of one dollar and contains one troy ounce of .999 fine silver. Silver American Eagle coins are the only silver bullion coins whose weight and purity are guaranteed by the United States Government.
The design that features on the coin's obverse is taken from Adolph A. Weinmann's design that had been originally used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar from 1916 to 1947. This design proved to be one of the most loved and iconic of American coinage, which is why it was revived for the Silver Eagle several decades later. Lady Liberty is shown draped with an American flag, holding an olive branch and heading toward the sun. This side also has the inscriptions 'LIBERTY', 'IN GOD WE TRUST' and the year of its mintage which, in this case, is '2014'.
The engraving on the reverse of the coin was designed by John Mercanti and shows a heraldic eagle with a shield. The eagle is also grasping an olive branch in one talon, something that has come to be known as a representation of peace, and arrows in the other. Above the eagle are thirteen stars that represent the original thirteen colonies and on the banner that the eagle holds in his beak the motto 'E PLURIBUS UNUM' is clear. The phrases 'UNITED STATES OF AMERICA' and '1 OZ FINE SILVER ONE DOLLAR' are inscribed on this side along with Mercanti's initials.
Features of the 2014 $1 Silver American Eagle MS69 NGC
• Contains one troy ounce of .999 fine silver
• Thickness: 2.98mm
• Diameter: 0.6mm
• Year: 2014
• Mint: U.S. Mint
• Reverse: John Mercanti's design of Heraldic eagle with shield
• Obverse: Adolph A. Weinman's design of Lady Liberty
• Sovereign coin backed by U.S. Government
• MS69 (coin may have some minor blemishes)
Proof Silver Eagle coins first became available to the public through the U.S. Mint subscription program in 2002. From 1986 to 1992 the U.S. Mint began manufacturing proof coins at their San Francisco mint, and these coins bear the 'S' mintmark. After that, from 1993 to 2000 they were minted in Philadelphia, and these coins bear the 'P' mintmark. From 2001 up until now, proof coins have been minted at West Point, and these bear the 'W.' No coins were minted in 2009. The Mint ran out of 2014-dated American Eagles in November of the same year, and this coin is a proof version of that year.