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The American Silver Eagle is one of the nation’s most beloved bullion coins. Its production began back in 1986 and it has remained in continuous production. Among the most sought-after silver coins, the Silver Eagle has maintained a high level of popularity for over three decades.
In addition to its domestic popularity, the Silver Eagle has recently become quite popular in other parts of the world, most notably Asia. Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, and Singapore have become significant markets for the coin.
Traditionally, the Silver Eagle has been struck as a bullion coin, though proof and uncirculated variants have existed in various periods. Also, numerous special and commemorative editions have been struck over the years.
Currently, the Silver Eagle, both circulated and uncirculated, enjoys a great reputation and is the undisputed champion of the US silver coin market, followed by Canada’s Silver Maple Leaf and the United Kingdom’s Britannia Bullion Coin. In addition to its popularity, the Silver Eagle can also be used as IRA investments. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of investing in circulated Silver Eagles.
The story of the American Silver Eagle began in the late 1970s when plans were created to sell the surplus silver from the Defense National Stockpile. After several administrations tried unsuccessfully to sell off the extra silver, Senator James McClure introduced Bill S.2598 on May 27, 1982, which would facilitate the selling of silver through the issuance of silver coins. However, the bill never passed into law.
Senator McClure proposed an identical bill (S.269) on January 27, 1983, but it too got buried in committees. However, on June 21, 1985, Senator McClure proposed an amendment to H.R. 47 the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Commemorative Coin Act. The amendment was approved the same day it was proposed, thus setting the stage for the initial production of the American Silver Eagle.
Production commenced on October 27, 1986, at the San Francisco Mint. The bullion version of the coin was minted there until 1998 and again from 2011 to this day. The bullion coin has also been struck at the West Point and Philadelphia mints over the years, with the majority of them having been made at West Point as of this writing.
Around 2002, when it became apparent that the Defense National Stockpile’s silver reserves would be depleted, Senator Harry Reid introduced bill S.2954, named the Support of American Eagle Silver Bullion Program Act, to allow the Secretary of the Treasury to buy silver on the open market to continue minting the Silver Eagle bullion coins. The bill was passed on June 21 in the Senate and six days later in the House. President George W. Bush signed it into law on July 23, 2002.
On the obverse side, the Silver Eagle features a picture of Walking Liberty, a design by Adolph A. Weinman. The picture was originally used on the Walking Liberty half dollar coin between 1916 and 1947. As a hugely popular motif, the designers of the Silver Eagle decided to incorporate it into the 1986 coin. The motif remained on every subsequent issue of the coin. The inscriptions “Liberty” and “IN GOD WE TRUST” are also found on the obverse side, as is the year of issuance.
On the reverse side, the coin features a portrayal of the United States’ heraldic eagle with a shield in front. It holds an olive branch in its left talon and arrows in its right. It also holds a ribbon in its mouth that reads “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 OZ. FINE SILVER-ONE DOLLAR” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” Above the eagle’s head are 13 5-pointed stars – one for each of the 13 original colonies. John Mercanti designed the reverse side of the coin.
The Silver Eagle is a legal tender coin and has always been made as a 1 troy ounce coin. Its face value has always been one US dollar and its fineness .999 (99.9% silver).
Originally, the Silver Eagle proof coins were struck from 1986 to 1992 at the San Francisco mint, together with the bullion version. The proof coins bore an “S” mark. The production of the proof coins was moved to Philadelphia for the period of 1993 to 2000. The coins were stamped with a “P” mark. Those made at West Point from 2001 to 2008 had a “W” designation. Resuming in 2010, the proof coins were struck at West Point, again bearing the “W” mark. In 2016 and 2017, all three mints made the proof coins.
Uncirculated collector coins were introduced in 2006 and struck until 2008. They were reintroduced in 2011 and continued until 2015. The uncirculated collector coins were made at the West Point Mint.
Over the years, around 530 million Silver Eagles have been struck. Initially, demand dictated the production numbers, though between 2008 and 2010 the numbers were limited. Again, from 2013 on, Silver Eagles have been made in limited numbers. At the time of this writing, 505 million bullion Silver Eagles were struck. 21 million proof and around 4 million uncirculated Silver Eagle coins exist. These figures make the Silver Eagle one of the most successful silver coins ever.
Despite the huge numbers available, the Silver Eagle remains the most in-demand silver coin in the United States. It partially owes its unwavering popularity to the fact that it can be used as an investment vehicle in one’s IRA account.
The circulated Silver Eagles, while certainly less valuable than their proof and uncirculated siblings, are a sound and pretty safe investment. They are very easy to obtain, affordable, and easy to sell should the need arise. The mintage figures and ongoing production guarantee that there are more than enough of Silver Eagles to go around.
Lastly, the price of silver spiked in recent years and, although off its 2011 high, it has traded sideways at a healthy level, making all silver investments stable with a potential for sizable profits if silver moves in the direction of its recent high.
The Silver Eagle, America’s most beloved silver coin, continues to be one of the most sought-after commodities on the silver trade market more than 30 years after its introduction. This makes it the most attractive silver coin for both collectors and investors.
Investing in circulated Silver Eagles coins, while not as lucrative as other options, can certainly bring investors a nice profit. Aside from that, they can be used to hold in an investor’s IRA funds. Finally, it is much easier to start with circulated silver coins than platinum or gold.
|Mint Facility:||U.S. Mint|
|Date:||1986 to Present|
|Quality / Type:||Tarnished, Spotted or Scratched|
|Metal Weight:||1 troy ounce (31.103 grams)|
|Diameter:||1.598 inches (40.6 mm)|
|Reverse:||Eagle with Shield|
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By Gerald W. on September 10th, 2020
My second buy of Tarnished and Spotted Eagles. Had one with a little tarnishing on one side. All the rest are beautiful circulated coins. Love them and will be buying more. Thanks so much Money Metals for your quick shipping, great packaging and ease in buying.
By Scott T. on July 9th, 2020
I purchased 21 coins. About 7 had “milk spotting”. One has a rainbow going across the face of the coin, quite handsome actually. The rest were clean, circulated coins with perhaps a small tarnish along the rim, or similar. Some look completely uncirculated. One coin was genuinely “dirty”. That coin is the single coin I keep with me in the house as a token.
By Tammy C. on May 1st, 2020
I just received my 4th order of tarnished Silver Eagles & ONCE AGAIN, IT’S HARD TO SEE ANY TARNISH OR SPOTS! I’m always happy with my orders from MMX! I WILL NEVER BUY FROM ANOTHER COMPANY AGAIN. I made that mistake when I bought my 1st American Eagle 1 oz. Gold coin directly from the US MINT. I was assured they were in stock & that delivery would be “soon”. 2 months later I still HAD NOT RECEIVED MY ORDER. After calling AGAIN & being told “soon”, I had to call them several more times-being told different reasons by different people each time I called. I finally did get my order MORE THAN 4 MONTHS LATER. I’m so glad to have found MMX!
By Floyd H. on April 3rd, 2020
This was my second order for culled/tarnished/circulated coins from MMX. With about 8 hours in a brass tumbler full of corncob medium, the look just like they came from the mint!!! Not mirror finish, but real close. Will continue to grab these at discount prices. Fantastic coins after the "tumble"!!
By Courtney P. on January 15th, 2020
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