1986 Silver American Eagle - Uncirculated (Possible Toning)

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Embark on the Legacy of the 1986 American Silver Eagle: A Pinnacle of Silver Investing

Capturing the Essence of the 1986 American Silver Eagle

Step into the captivating world of precious metal investing with the 1986 American Silver Eagle, sometimes referred to as Silver American Eagle, the inaugural release in the esteemed American Silver Eagle series from the United States Mint. More than just a piece of silver, this coin is a historic artifact, marking the commencement of a new epoch in silver bullion and Silver Eagles.

Coin Highlights

  • One Troy Ounce of Pure Silver: This coin features 1 oz of .999 fine silver, offering a tangible asset for collectors and investors alike.
  • Bulk and Individual Packaging Options: Available in mint-issued tubes for orders of 20 coins, or protective packaging for individual coins, ensuring safe delivery and storage.
  • Limited Edition Mintage: With a worldwide mintage of just 5,393,005 coins, this 1986 issue remains a sought-after piece for collectors.
  • IRA Eligible Investment: Approved for inclusion in Precious Metals IRAs, offering a secure and government-sanctioned retirement investment option.
  • Iconic Obverse Design: Features Adolph A. Weinman's classic depiction of Lady Liberty, symbolizing freedom and hope as she strides forward draped in the American flag.
  • Symbolic Reverse Imagery: Displays a majestic heraldic eagle beneath 13 stars, representing the original American colonies, a testament to the nation's enduring spirit.
  • U.S. Mint Guarantee: This coin is a trusted product of the U.S. Mint, ensuring its authenticity and silver content.
  • First-Ever Silver Eagle Release: This 1986 coin marks the inaugural issue of the American Silver Eagle series, adding historical significance to its value.

Historical Context: The Liberty Coin Act of 1985

The genesis of the US Mint American Silver Eagle can be traced back to the Liberty Coin Act of 1985, a landmark legislation signed by President Ronald Reagan. This act was pivotal in reducing the national reserves of precious metals while providing a reliable medium for investing in silver and gold. Under this act, the Silver Eagle coins were minted from domestically mined silver, each boasting a purity of 99.9% and containing one troy ounce of silver. The Gold Eagle coins, produced in parallel, were made from U.S.-mined gold, available in assorted sizes and denominations.

Design Mastery: An Ode to American Numismatic Art

The design of the 1986 American Silver Eagle coin reflects the pinnacle of American numismatic artistry. The coin's obverse is adorned with Adolph A. Weinman's "Walking Liberty" design image, depicting Liberty in stride, enrobed in the American stars and stripes flag, holding branches of laurel and oak. Included on the obverse are the words “LIBERTY,” the year, and the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

The reverse, crafted by John Mercanti, displays a heraldic eagle behind a liberty shield, grasping an olive branch and arrows in its talons, topped with thirteen stars above the eagle’s head representing the original colonies. In the American bald eagle’s beak is a banner that reads “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” Around the fin of the reverse side of the coin are the words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and, “1 OZ. FINE SILVER ~ ONE DOLLAR.” Although this coin has a legal tender currency face value, it was not meant for circulation and it is far more valuable because of its melt value alone.

Specifications: Detailing the Silver Icon

Each 1986 American Silver Eagle coin is a marvel of craftsmanship, containing one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver, and measures 40.6 millimeters in diameter and 2.98 millimeters in thickness. A distinctive feature is its reeded edges, adding to the coin's tactile and visual appeal. The coin is available in both bullion and proof versions, with the proof coins being particularly sought-after for their exquisite polished finish. These silver bullion coins qualify for storage in a self-directed precious metals Individual Retirement Account (IRA), as well as in the Money Metals Depository for safekeeping.

Investment and Numismatic Appeal: A Dual Delight

The allure of the 1986 Silver Eagle transcends its stunning design, offering a unique combination of historical significance and investment potential. This coin is not just a piece of silver but a gateway into the realm of astute silver investing, embodying over three decades of American precious metal legacy. We occasionally also offer the 1986 Proof American Silver Eagle coins for those more interested in a numismatic coin collecting value as opposed to a bullion investment value.

A Stellar Investment Choice for Silver Aficionados

As an investment, the 1986 American Silver Eagle coin stands out for its high purity, one-ounce weight, and the backing of the United States Mint. Its iconic design, featuring the Walking Liberty and the heraldic eagle with the Liberty Shield, alongside its reeded edges, contributes to its stability and trustworthiness as an investment asset.

Join the Esteemed Legacy of American Silver Investing

Incorporating the collectible 1986 American Silver Eagle into your portfolio means securing a valuable asset with lasting significance. Its blend of bullion quality, iconic design, and investment appeal makes it an intelligent choice for those seeking to diversify with precious metals. This coin represents more than just an investment; it's a fragment of American history, awaiting its place in your collection.

Most American Silver Eagle coins do not come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA), but are encased in special packaging to ensure the American Eagle silver bullion coin's content and condition.

Invest in a legacy of beauty and value in the form of U.S. Mint silver coins today. The 1986 American Silver Eagle coins are perfect for gifting during special occasions and are a prudent addition to any investment portfolio.

Experience the unique allure of American heritage with the 1986 American Silver Eagle. Enhance your collection or investment portfolio with these remarkable American silver mintage coins, available at Money Metals. For those looking to broaden their investment horizons, American gold coins are also accessible on our site.

Money Metals has been in business since 2010, maintaining an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and receiving thousands of 5-star reviews from satisfied customers all over the United States. Money Metals has been voted as the Best Overall Precious Metals Dealer by Investopedia.

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Product Specifications
Mint Facility: U.S. Mint
Denomination: $1.00 USD
Date: 1986
Quality / Type: Bullion, Uncirculated, Possible Toning/Tarnishing
Purity: 99.9% silver
Metal Weight: 1 troy ounce (31.103 grams)
Diameter: 1.598 inches (40.6 mm)
Edge: Reeded
Obverse: Walking Liberty
Reverse: Eagle with Shield
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