The American Silver Eagle is the United States’ official coin for silver bullion. First minted on November 24th, 1986 the Silver Eagle was designed by two separate people. The design for the obverse was borrowed from Adolph Weinman’s Walking Liberty Half Dollar featuring a depiction of Liberty.
The reverse was designed by John Mercanti and features a majestic eagle with wings outstretched behind a shield and a banner inscribed with “E Pluribus Unum.” The eagle is also clutching an olive branch in one talon and a several arrows in the other. The reverse also features thirteen five-pointed stars representing the thirteen original U.S colonies.
It is made of 99.9% silver and has a weight of one troy ounce, and is available in the bullion version, as well as an uncirculated and a proof version.
This coin has a face value of one dollar, but worth substantially more than that depending on the price of silver that day. There are many coins in this series that are worth more than others though, The 1995 W or the 2006 P proof deep cameo being good example of that.
The American Silver Eagle is highly collectible and quite a stunning coin that can make a great addition to any collection.