1988 Silver American Eagle - 1 Troy Ounce, .999 Pure

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The 1988 American Silver Eagle: A Coveted Asset for Collectors and Investors Alike

The 1988 American Silver Eagle, with its iconic design, continues to be a pivotal entry in the esteemed series initiated by the United States Mint in 1986. This series quickly established itself as a fundamental choice for both investors and collectors, with the 1988 edition upholding the remarkable standards set by its forerunners. Known for its .999 fine silver bullion content, impeccable craftsmanship, and the Mint's unwavering dedication to quality, each American Eagle silver coin is a valuable find for silver enthusiasts.

Despite its nominal one-dollar face value, the precious metal melt value of these silver coins significantly surpasses this figure, establishing them as a preferred investment compared to standard silver bullion coins.

Coin Highlights:

  • Content: Composed of .999 fine silver, the 1988 American Silver Eagle boasts a 99.9% purity, captivating both numismatists and investors in precious metals. This coin is also IRA-eligible, serving as a robust choice for diversifying retirement portfolios.

  • Weight: In line with the series' standards, the coin's weight is 31.103 grams, or 1 troy ounce.

  • Diameter: The coin's diameter of 40.6 mm allows for an ample display of its distinguished design.

  • Thickness: Its notable thickness of 2.98 mm ensures the coin's substantial feel and enduring quality.

  • Edge: Characterized by a reeded edge, this feature contributes to the coin's traditional tactile and aesthetic appeal.

  • Iconic Design: The obverse showcases Adolph A. Weinman's renowned "Walking Liberty" design, emblematic of freedom and progress. The reverse, crafted by John Mercanti, features a majestic eagle beneath 13 stars, representing the original thirteen colonies.

  • Mintage: The collectible uncirculated 1988 American Silver Eagles are highly valued within the series for their scarcity and appeal among collectors, with a production of 5,004,646 coins at the Philadelphia Mint.

  • Mint Location: Meticulously produced at the Philadelphia Mint, these coins typically do not carry a mint mark, adhering to the tradition for bullion Silver Eagles until 2021.

The Silver Eagle series consistently attracts both collectors and investors with its beautiful design and numismatic worth. Housed in protective packaging, its significant silver content and superior minting quality are preserved impeccably. Although we do not perform any grading, these slab coins are considered valuable, collectible, and an investment on their own, no matter the year. We also offer Proof American Silver Eagles, American Gold Eagles, and American Platinum Eagles.

Design and Inspiration:

The 1988 American Silver Eagle is adorned with an obverse by Adolph A. Weinman, portraying the dynamic "Walking Liberty" enveloped in the flag, advancing towards a brighter future while holding symbols of honor and courage. This design progresses towards a sun radiating 13 beams, reflecting the solidarity of the original colonies.

John Mercanti's reverse design displays a formidable heraldic eagle, protected by a shield and clutching symbols of peace and readiness, beneath 13 stars that denote the founding states. The eagle proudly bears the motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” underscoring the nation's founding ideal of unity amid diversity. Surrounding this are the words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “1 OZ. FINE SILVER ~ ONE DOLLAR.”

The 1988 iteration of the American Silver Eagle marks the U.S. Mint's ongoing commitment to exquisite craftsmanship, encapsulating an important segment of American numismatic coin-collecting heritage. Its elaborate design, combined with its valuable silver content, deems it a must-have for both collectors and investors.

These 1 oz silver american eagle coins are presented as standard, non-graded coins, yet their market value far exceeds that of ordinary silver bullion coins.

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Important to Remember: The silver coins offered in Brilliantly Uncirculated (BU) condition can exhibit natural signs of wear such as marks, blemishes, and tarnish. This is particularly common for older silver coins that have been in contact with air containing sulfur gases. Traces of sulfur, which are naturally found in the air, lead to the discoloration and darkening of silver over time.

Product Specifications
Mint Facility: U.S. Mint
Denomination: $1.00 USD
Date: 1988
Quality / Type: Bullion, Uncirculated
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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