American Silver Eagle Coins

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First released in 1986, the American Silver Eagle is the United States' official Silver bullion coin. The Silver Eagle comes in one size consisting of 1 oz of .999 fine Silver. It has a face value of $1 and is backed by the U.S. Government. The Silver Eagle has been produced at three mints: the Philadelphia Mint, the San Francisco Mint and the West Point Mint.

The U.S. Mint does not add mint marks to bullion Silver Eagles. Mint of origin is only identifiable by the sealed monster boxes the coins ship in, either via distinguishing straps or the serial number assigned to each box. Silver Eagles are also IRA-eligible, as they meet the IRS's fineness requirements. In addition to the bullion version, the United States Mint has produced Proof Silver Eagle versions and uncirculated versions for collectors.

History of Silver

Silver has been utilized in currency, ornamentation and jewelry for centuries. Silver was first mined over 6,000 years ago in Anatolia, or what is now modern-day Turkey. Ancient Egyptians and Chinese cultures were some of the earliest users of Silver, using it to make ornaments and jewelry.

The discovery of Silver in the New World caused a quick increase in use and popularity worldwide. In 1546, Silver was discovered in Zacatecas, Mexico, which led to a Silver boom in Mexico and increased the production of Silver coins globally. Silver quickly became an important part of the global economy and was used to finance many large, well-known projects.

Present-day, Silver remains in high demand and is used for various purposes across multiple industries. Silver is a major component in the electronic industry and is utilized in various electronics. Silver is also used in medicine, photography and countless other industries. Silver remains an important part of global commerce today and its value continues to be recognized worldwide.

The History of the United States Mint

The United States Mint has a history tracing back to the Continental Congress in 1776 when the first coinage was produced. The U.S. Mint's primary mission has grown and shifted over the years to meet the needs of an ever-growing country. The mint produces circulating coinage, numismatic products, and Precious Metals bullion coins.

Congress created the U.S. Mint on April 2, 1792. The first U.S. Mint facility was established in Philadelphia, then the nation's capital. In 1800, the mint moved to Washington, D.C., where it remains today. The U.S. Mint operates mint facilities in various locations, including Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point, to meet the annual demand for circulating coinage. These primary locations produce billions of coins each year – enough to meet the needs of businesses and consumers nationwide.

The United States Mint is the manufacturer of legal tender coinage for the U.S., such as the American Silver Eagle. The mission of the mint is to serve the American people by creating and distributing Precious Metals, collectible coins and national medals. The U.S. Mint's products are created to encourage interest in American history and culture and provide security over assets entrusted to the country's population. The world-renowned mint also produces coinage for other countries, which further help support the American economy through exports and creates jobs.

American Silver Eagle Designs

The original Silver Eagle design features classic artwork by Adolph A. Weinman and John Mercanti. The obverse depicts the Walking Liberty design, originally used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar from 1916 to 1947, with the words "In God We Trust" and the year of issue.

The original reverse portrays a heraldic eagle behind a shield; the eagle grasps an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left talon, echoing the Great Seal of the United States; above the eagle are thirteen five-pointed stars representing the thirteen colonies. This widely recognized design was utilized from the initial release of the series in 1986 until a famous design change was announced in 2020.

In 2020, the United States Mint unveiled the new reverse designs for the 2021 American Eagle Silver coins that would become the new design featured on all coins moving forward with the popular program. 2021 marked the 35th Anniversary of the American Eagle Coin program, and the new designs began appearing on these coins in mid-year 2021. AIP Designer Emily Damstra created the new Silver design, sculpted by Mint Medallic Artist Michael Gaudioso. The new design depicts a single eagle coming in for a landing, carrying an oak branch as if to add it to a nest.

The Influence of Adolph A. Weinman

Adolph A. Weinman was born in Germany in 1872 and immigrated to the United States at a young age. Weinman began his career as an artist and sculptor, studying under well-known masters, including Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Weinman is perhaps best known for his work on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar and the Mercury Dime designs, which are still in circulation today. Weinman's artwork is highly celebrated and recognized for its beauty and classic design.

Weinman's designs have been featured on American coinage since 1916 and continue to be popular among collectors and investors to this day. In particular, his Walking Liberty Half Dollar design has been called one of the most beautiful coins ever produced by the United States Mint; the design is also utilized in the famous American Silver Eagle series. Adolph A. Weinman's influence on American coin design is undeniable and his artwork is considered some of the most beautiful ever created.

MintDirect® Silver Eagles with PCGS FirstStrike®

APMEX has partnered with PCGS, one of the most trusted names in numismatics, to further enhance the MintDirect® Premier program. This partnership with PCGS allows MintDirect® Premier with PCGS FirstStrike® Silver Eagles in their sealed packaging to remain eligible for the FirstStrike® designation if submitted to PCGS for grading long after new FirstStrike®-eligible coins are typically off the market.

The Assurance of MintDirect® Silver Eagles

The MintDirect® process guarantees that the coins you receive are untouched since leaving the U.S. Mint. Silver Eagles have been in high demand since first introduced in 1986. MintDirect® Eagles are available in singles, tubes, Mini Monster Boxes and Monster Boxes.

1 oz Silver Eagles Mintage Figures

American Silver Eagle bullion coins are struck according to public demand, meaning this demand determines the mintages for each year. Some years when demand and corresponding mintages were lower, collectible value can exist for the coins beyond their Precious Metal value. The following are mintages for 1 oz Silver:

  • 1986 - 5,393,005
  • 1987 - 11,442,335
  • 1988 - 5,004,646
  • 1989 - 5,203,327
  • 1990 - 5,840,110
  • 1991 - 7,191,066
  • 1992 - 5,540,068
  • 1993 - 6,763,762
  • 1994 - 4,227,319
  • 1995 - 4,672,051
  • 1996 - 3,603,386
  • 1997 - 4,295,004
  • 1998 - 4,847,549
  • 1999 - 7,408,640
  • 2000 - 9,239,132
  • 2001 - 9,001,711
  • 2002 - 10,539,026
  • 2003 - 8,495,008
  • 2004 - 8,882,754
  • 2005 - 8,891,025
  • 2006 - 10,676,522
  • 2007 - 9,028,036
  • 2008 - 20,583,000
  • 2009 - 30,459,000
  • 2010 - 34,764,500
  • 2011 - 40,020,000
  • 2012 - 33,121,500
  • 2013 - 42,675,000
  • 2014 - 44,006,000
  • 2015 - 47,000,000
  • 2016 - 37,701,500
  • 2017 - 18,065,500
  • 2018 - 15,700,000
  • 2019 - 14,863,500
  • 2020 - 30,089,500
  • 2021 Type 1 Design - 13,306,500
  • 2021 Type 2 Design - 14,968,500

Silver Eagle Price

The price of a Silver Eagle depends on the Silver spot price at the time of purchase. The Silver spot price is the market price at which one troy ounce of Silver can be bought and sold for instant delivery. The spot price of Silver is changing and updating minute by minute, making it important for Silver buyers to stay updated on any performance indicators, like market conditions and current events, because they heavily impact the buying and selling of Silver. The 1 oz Silver coin price will be the spot price of Silver and a premium. Supply and demand and market fluctuations will contribute to the American Silver Eagle price.

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