History of the Silver American Eagle
The first Silver American Eagle was released by the United States Mint on November 24, 1986. Each coin is struck from one Troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. Over the years, the Silver Eagle has been produced at three mint locations: Philadelphia, San Francisco Mint, and West Point.
The obverse of the coin is based on Adolph A. Weinman's 1916 "Walking Liberty" half dollar, which was in circulation from 1916 to 1947, and widely considered one of the most beautiful American coins ever minted. The reverse was designed by John Mercanti and portrays a heraldic eagle grasping an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left. Above the eagle are 13 five-pointed stars representing the Thirteen Colonies.
The beauty, elegance and affordability of American Silver Eagle Coins have propelled them to be collected and admired around the world. American Silver Eagle Coins are the world's best-selling silver coins, with more than 130 million of them sold since 1986.
Investment Grade Coins
Certified coins in perfect "Proof 70" condition are considered actual "museum quality." With their beautiful finish, flawless condition and rarity, they are preferred by both collectors and investors. Since they are valued for their rarity, not their weight, they are not subject to the ups and downs of the commodities market, which has made their value more stable over time than silver bullion alone. The U.S. Gold Bureau recommends these coins as a long-term store of value, to help protect your portfolio from turbulent economic times.