|Weight (Au, Ag, Pt):||1 ozt|
|Minted by:||U.S. Mint|
|Coins Per Tube:||20|
The American Silver Eagle Coin is the official bullion coin of the United States. The coin was approved by the 1985 Liberty Coin Act and was first released by the United States Mint one year later, in 1986. The Philadelphia Mint, the San Francisco Mint, and the West Point Mint have all produced the Silver Eagle, even though the coin lacks a mintmark. Unlike the American Gold Eagle, the Silver Eagle is exclusively offered in the 1 Oz denomination, and contains one troy-ounce of .999 pure silver. In addition to the silver content of 99.93%, there is a very small amount of copper (0.07%) to increase durability. Because the U.S. Mint produces the coin, the purity, weight, and content is guaranteed by the U.S. Government and certified by the U.S. Mint. The American Silver Eagle coin is legal tender for all debts public and private at its face value, which is $1. This face value does not reflect its intrinsic value, which is much greater and is mainly dictated by its troy weight and the current price of silver.
The design on the coin’s obverse (front) was taken from the “Walking Liberty” design by Adolph A. Weinman, which had originally been used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar coin, which was produced by the U.S. Mint from 1916 to 1947. The coin portrays Lady Liberty gracefully approaching the dawn with her right arm extended. In her left arm she holds laurel and oak branches, which symbolizes civil and military glory. She is wrapped in the American Flag, and the stars and stripes swell around her as the breeze flows by. The word “Liberty” boldly encircles the top of the coin, and the mint year is displayed at the bottom center. The phrase “In God We Trust” is placed toward the bottom right of the coin.
The reverse (back) of the coin, designed by American sculptor and engraver John M. Mercanti, features a majestic bald eagle shielding his chest, and powerfully displaying his wingspan, while gripping an olive branch in his right talon and arrows in his left. Thirteen stars are located above the eagle in representation of the thirteen colonies. The coin reads “United States of America” at the top and “1 Oz. Fine Silver~One Dollar” at the bottom. In his beak, the eagle holds a banner exhibiting the phrase “E Pluribus Unum”.
The Silver Eagle is 40.6 mm in diameter and 2.98 mm thick.