2018 1 oz Silver American Eagle BU

2018 1 oz Silver American Eagle BU

The Silver Eagle is the most popular bullion coin in the world. This stunning Silver bullion coin is a valued investment for its 1 oz metal content, beautiful patriotic 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.
  • Multiples of 100 are packaged in five 20-coin mint tubes, which will be placed into a Silver Eagle APMEX® Mini Monster Box (9 3/4” x 2 1/2” x 3 1/2”).
  • APMEX® Mini Monster Boxes hold Silver Eagle tubes and are stackable with other APMEX® MintDirect® Singles storage boxes and the APMEX® Monster Box.
  • 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 2018 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.

One of the most popular designs in American coinage, the Silver Eagle combines beauty with Silver bullion appeal. Add the 2018 1 oz Silver Eagle to your cart today!

The U.S. Mint does not sell its bullion coins directly to the public. Instead, they distribute their coins to only a handful of authorized purchasers who then sell the coins to the public. As one of these authorized purchasers, APMEX is able to get coins direct from the U.S. Mint and pass them along to you.

The History of U.S. Silver Eagles

First released November 24, 1986, the 1 oz Silver American Eagle quickly became the most popular Silver bullion coin not only in the United States, but in the entire world. The initial run sold out immediately “due to the phenomenal demand.” The Silver Eagle enjoys a special prestige as the only Silver bullion coin backed by the U.S. government. In fact, this Silver coin is so highly sought after that in 2014 and 2015 the U.S. Mint could not match its level of production to consumer demand. In 2013, after a historic drop in Silver prices, demand increased so much that the U.S. Mint had to ration the sale of Silver coins for 18 months.

The driving force behind the creation of the Silver American Eagle was the government’s desire to sell off some of the Silver from the Defense National Stockpile. Although states with heavy mining interests and some legislators opposed the sale of the Silver, in 1985 the Senate agreed to permit Silver sales. In 2002, after it became apparent the stockpile of Silver would be depleted, an additional bill was passed that would allow the government to purchase Silver on the open market once it became necessary.

The design of this particular Silver bullion coin is steeped in American heritage and tradition. On the obverse of the coin is an adaptation of Adolph A. Weinman’s “Walking Liberty” design, which was originally used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar from 1916 to 1947. This iconic artwork was beloved by American citizens and thus was a natural choice years later as the mint selected historic designs to appear on the 1 oz Silver American Eagle. The reverse features a heraldic eagle holding an olive branch in one talon and arrows in the other with a shield on its chest. In its beak, the bird carries a banner reading, “E Pluribus Unum.” Above the eagle are 13 stars, a representation of the original 13 colonies. This image harkens to the Great Seal of the United States.

These Silver bullion coins do not bear mintmarks, differentiating them from the Proof and Burnished versions, which do include a mintmark. From 1986 to 1998, they were manufactured at the San Francisco Mint. From 1999 to 2000, production was moved to the Philadelphia Mint. Since 2001, the 1 oz Silver American Eagle has been produced at the West Point Mint in New York, which is colloquially called the “Fort Knox of Silver.” Starting in 2011, due to the coin’s immense popularity, the San Francisco Mint began minting Silver American Eagles to supplement the output from the West Point Mint.

Why Invest in Silver American Eagles

Silver American Eagle Coins are authorized by the U.S. government, meaning their creation was specified by an act of Congress. This offers another level of assurance as to the quality of these investment-grade coins. Like all Silver American Eagles, these 2018 Silver coins meet exact specifications for purity, size and weight, which are laid down in law. Silver Eagles will always boast perfect consistency of production, so no matter the year or at which U.S. Mint it was struck, you always know precisely what you are getting. The premium placed upon U.S. Silver coins reflect that the coins created by the U.S. Mint are guaranteed, an important insurance for investors.

The Silver American Eagle Features an Iconic American Design

The 1 oz Silver American Eagle coin’s reverse depicts an American eagle behind a shield, bearing arrows in its left talon and an olive branch in its right. This design echoes the Great Seal of the United States designed by John Mercanti, the 12th chief engraver of the U.S. Mint, who retired in 2010. Mercanti was the most prolific engraver in U.S. Mint history, designing more medal and coin artwork than any other mint engraver. Precious Metals investors may well remember the 1984 Olympic Gold $10 coin, the 1986 Statue of Liberty Dollar coin or the 1989 Congress Bicentennial Gold $5 coin that all sport his work.

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When Purchasing 1 oz Silver American Eagle Coins, Understand Premium Over Spot

Many investors especially like Silver American Eagles because the premium-over-spot price is generally fairly low. When you plan to buy Precious Metal items, watch the spot price of Silver, which is the cost of raw, unfabricated Silver, for the best time to purchase. When you buy Silver coins, you pay spot price of Silver plus a premium, which includes the cost of fabrication, distribution, a small dealer fee and any numismatic value. Many investors prize U.S. Silver coins and other items offering a low premium-over-spot price to be the best for growing their portfolios.
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