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(1986-Present) American Silver Eagle Coin

CoinTrapTM Commentary: Widely considered the most beautiful coin of the 20th century, the American Silver Eagle symbolizes grace, liberty, freedom, and virtue.  The Walking Liberty design is based from Adolph A. Weinman’s classic design incorporated on the United States half-dollar coin from 1916 to 1947.  Due partly to the nearly universal admiration of that coin, the design was reproduced onto the American Silver Eagle in 1986, and has remained ever since.

With a face of value of one dollar, the American Silver Eagle contains 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver, guaranteed for purity and weight by the United States government. Of course the market price of the American Silver Eagle far exceeds the nominal face value of one dollar.  The reverse of the coin features a heraldic eagle having a shield in the center.  Designed by John Mercanti, the eagle and shield are said to symbolize strength and endurance. The government officially considers the American Silver Eagle coin a “numismatic” item.

As a collector, the Silver Eagle coin is no-doubt one of my favorites. They are relatively affordable--and the proof or “deep cameo” versions are especially enjoyable to admire, with their mirror-like finish, and simple splendor. Even the not-so-passionate collector should own at least one American Silver Eagle coin.

Coin Value: What is the value of your American Silver Eagle coin? Well, like I have said before, this can depend on different factors.  Specifically, the American Silver Eagle coin worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, (3) whether it is a ”first strike” version, and (4) scarcity/demand. Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect).  This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short.  Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your American Silver Eagle coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes the factors mentioned above into account*.  If you do not know the grade of your American Silver Eagle coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

American Silver Eagle Coin Mint Years: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

The U.S. Mint did not produce proof versions of the American Silver Eagle in 2009 due to unprecedented demand of the bullion 2009 American Silver Eagle.

American Silver Eagle - Obverse

American Silver Eagle - Reverse

Obverse - American Silver Eagle Coin

Designer: Adolph A. Weinman

Reverse - American Silver Eagle Coin

Engraver John Mercanti

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    31 U.S.C. § 5112. Denominations, specifications, and design of coins

    (a) The Secretary of the Treasury may mint and issue only the following coins:
      (1) a dollar coin that is 1.043 inches in diameter.

    . . .

    (e) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary shall mint and issue, in quantities sufficient to meet public demand, coins which—
      (1) are 40.6 millimeters in diameter and weigh 31.103 grams;
      (2) contain .999 fine silver;
      (3) have a design—
       (A) symbolic of Liberty on the obverse side; and
       (B) of an eagle on the reverse side;
      (4) have inscriptions of the year of minting or issuance, and the words “Liberty”, “In   God We Trust”, “United States of America”, “1 Oz. Fine Silver”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “One Dollar”; and
      (5) have reeded edges.
    (f) Silver Coins.—
      (1) Sale price.— The Secretary shall sell the coins minted under subsection (e) to the public at a price equal to the market value of the bullion at the time of sale, plus the cost of minting, marketing, and distributing such coins (including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and promotional and overhead expenses).
      (2) Bulk sales.— The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins minted under subsection (e) at a reasonable discount.
      (3) Numismatic items.— For purposes of section 5132 (a)(1) of this title, all coins minted under subsection (e) shall be considered to be numismatic items.
    (g) For purposes of section 5132 (a)(1) of this title, all coins minted under subsection (e) of this section shall be considered to be numismatic items.
    (h) The coins issued under this title shall be legal tender as provided in section 5103 of this title.

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