1986 1 oz Silver American Eagle BU

1986 1 oz Silver American Eagle BU

This first year of issue Silver American Eagle makes a great addition to any Silver coin collection. Silver Eagles are treasured for their .999 fine Silver content, classic design and government guarantee.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Multiples of 20 are packaged in mint tubes. Multiples of 500 are packaged in “Monster Boxes.” All other coins will be in protective plastic.
  • Eligible for Precious Metals IRAs.
  • Obverse: Adolph A. Weinman’s design showing Lady Liberty draped in an American Flag, walking gracefully as the sun rises over a ridge.
  • Reverse: A heraldic eagle is shown below 13 small stars, representing the original colonies.
  • Sovereign coin backed by the U.S. government.

Protect your American Silver Eagle with this clear plastic capsule or display it in style by adding an attractive presentation box or jewelry bezel to your order.

The inaugural year of the Silver American Eagle is important in U.S. bullion coin history. Add this timeless investment to your cart today!

The history of 1986 1 oz Silver American Eagle coin

The first American Eagle Silver coin was struck in San Francisco on October 29, 1986. The design on the 1986 1 oz Silver American Eagle obverse was taken from the “Walking Liberty” design by Adolph A. Weinman. The design on these Silver coins was originally seen on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar coin, which was minted between 1916 and 1947. Of the many designs on U.S. Silver coins, the Walking Liberty has been a longstanding public favorite, and as such, was brought back 70 years after its debut for use on the modern Silver Eagle coin.

Why invest in the 1986 1 oz Silver American Eagle coin?

The American Eagle Silver coin is a favorite Silver bullion coin among collectors and investors alike. That is why the 1986 1 oz Silver American Eagle is a valuable addition to any collection, as 1986 is the year this Silver coin was first minted. Unlike some other Silver coins, this Silver coin is eligible for a Precious Metals IRA. These U.S Silver coins and other investment-grade Silver coins can help balance your investment portfolio.

Protect your U.S. Silver coins with proper handling and storage.

Retain the value of your U.S. Silver coins by handling them and storing them with care. The 1986 1 oz Silver American Eagle is not incredibly old or historic compared to some vintage or rare coins, but these Silver coins are from the inaugural minting year of the modern Silver bullion coins produced by the U.S. Mint, so they have numismatic value. When handling this American Eagle Silver coin, hold it by the edges, protecting the surface from the natural oils on your fingers. Also, when examining these Silver coins, always hold them over a towel or soft surface, just in case you drop them.

Customer Reviews of 1986 1 oz Silver American Eagle BU
1986 1 oz Silver American Eagle BU
4.9 Overall

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Reviewed by 15 customers

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Fantastic Coin

By  Mike

from Utah

5.0

I wasn't sure what to expect, buying a 30 year old coin in "BU" condition. I ordered this 1986 along with a 2015 and was pleasantly surprised to find that the '86 was in just as good of condition as the 2015; both in superb, fresh-from-the-mint condition. Very happy with my purchase. That said, it was a pretty painful premium to pay for a silver eagle, but it's understandable, being a key date. I'll admit that, given the condition it came in, I won't lose sleep over the higher premium. Would have disappointed if it were lesser quality, though.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Cons

  • Common (higher mintage)

Excellent Quality

By  EDC

from New Hampshire

5.0

I recently started collecting Silver Eagles and have found APMEX to be a great place to buy. Prices are usually the lowest and the quality of the coins I have purchased has been top notch.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

First Attempt at Buying Silver

By  Chris

from Texas

4.0

I bought this coin to start investing in silver. I thought it quite cool to buy a 1986 version of this coin since it was the first year they minted them. The coin looks good overall but I noticed that the reeds were dirty. Would that be normal for an almost 30 year old coin?

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Collectible (lower mintage)

Black Spots

By  badinoff

from Austin, TX

4.0

The coin I received had black spots on the obverse side (minus 1 star). I have seen reviews for other BU coins and it seems that APMEX occasionally sends those out with spots on them. I am sure that they would have exchanged it, based on those same reviews I mentioned above, but I was not able to engage such exchange due to personal circumstances, so I'll be keeping the coin now that enough time has past. I have a graded version of this same coin, so I guess the one in the album would be a little spotty. Outside of the practice of sending spotted coins occasionally, I have no other issues with APMEX. All transactions I have engaged in (including one exchange) have been very smooth, and I have developed a good level of trust for APMEX over the last year or so. I have not been able to find a better, more reasonable or reliable dealer, so I'll keep doing business with APMEX, and recommend them to others.

Pros

  • Collectible (lower mintage)

Cons

  • Poor Condition

First Year of Issue

By  Len

from East Hanover, NJ

5.0

I purchased this 1986 1 oz Silver American Eagle because if was the inaugural issue for this coin. It is a beautiful coin as are all American Eagles and a great addition to any collection. It arrived in as close to BU condition as I could expect...no outward flaws.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Value (low premium over spot)

first year

By  mo

from harvard il

5.0

first year are wonderful it is a collectors good fortune to be able to purchase first year issue eagles from a reputable seller good prices and even better quality

Pros

  • Mint Condition
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Recognized Brand
  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell

So impressed

By  Brian

from Pennsylvania

5.0

I started collecting American Silver Eagles only recently. I really wanted to have the first year. The coin looks like it was just minted. Thanks APMEX.

Pros

  • Mint Condition
  • Attractive Design

Must have coin-great purchase

By  picne

from Maine

5.0

First year of issue makes this gorgeous coin a must have. Very happy with it.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Attractive Design

Great Quality!

By  Odvar

from Winter Park, FL

5.0

I bought this 1986 coin to commemorate my birth. Feel so special now.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Collectible (lower mintage)

Wanted the 1st yr Silver Eagle

By  Screech

from Dallas, Tx

5.0

Great company to deal with.

Pros

  • Recognized Brand
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition

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Understand numismatic value when purchasing U.S. Silver coins.

The 1986 Silver American Eagle is not particularly old and has the same Silver content as its modern day counterpart, so why is it priced higher? To understand the value of this Silver coin, it is important to understand numismatic value, or collector value, which, depending on the coin, can be related to its rarity, beauty, historical value and minting date. In the case of this U.S. Silver coin, it's increased numismatic value is based on the fact that they were minted in the inaugural year of the Silver American Eagle, greatly increasing the value of this popular Silver coin among collectors. When evaluating which Silver coins to purchase, it is beneficial to first determine whether you want to purchase coins for their raw Silver value or if you are interested in coins with value beyond their Precious Metals content.

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