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Fresh off an all-time high sales record of over 42 million coins in 2013, the American Silver Eagle yet again set a new annual sales record in 2014! The United States Mint’s official silver bullion coin is flying into 2015 with the wind at its back, and again seeks the title as the world’s most popular silver coin.
Among other modern government-issued silver coins, the Silver Eagle is considered by many to be the most beautiful and the most trusted. Over 400 million 1 oz American Silver Eagles have been minted since the U.S. Mint’s bullion coin program made its debut in 1986, providing individual investors with access to .999 fine silver bullion in the form of a government-guaranteed coin.
The design of these coins is based on Adolph A. Weinman’s beloved “walking liberty” design, which originally appeared on the half dollar in 1916 and ran until 1947. miss liberty confidently strides to toward the left, her star-spangled dress swept in the wind. she beckons toward the sun rising over the horizon, symbolizing the dawn of a new era. this design is adapted to fit the larger silver eagle planchet (40.6 mm diameter), allowing the full breadth and detail of this intricate design to be appreciated.
Each Silver Eagle contains a total of 1 troy ounce (31.1 grams) of fine silver content. Its weight and .999 fine silver purity are guaranteed by the full faith and credit of the United States government. Its reverse design, an adaptation of the Great Seal of the United States, was designed by former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti specifically for the american silver eagle. It shows a bald eagle in heraldic pose--its wings spread--at the center of the design, and is rich in nationalistic symbolism.
There are several varieties of the ASE besides its Brilliant Uncirculated bullion version, which is minted in unlimited quantities to meet demand. Additionally, the Mint offers special proof issues of the coin, which feature highly polished, mirror-like background and frosted relief devices, as well as a new Burnished Uncirculated finish that gives the coin’s surface a more satiny appearance. Both of these varieties are produced in far fewer numbers than their bullion counterparts, and are highly sought-after by avid coin collectors. These coins are often graded, meaning they have been certified for their condition by a third-party grading service such as NGC or PCGS. Our selection includes a number of graded Silver Eagles for serious collectors.