Cart:

(0)

1997 1 oz American Silver Eagle BU

1997 1 oz American Silver Eagle BU

Rollover
to zoom

$49.49

(12)
Volume Discount Pricing QuickShip® Eligible
Quantity

Check/Wire

Crypto

CC/PayPal

Any Quantity $49.49 $49.74 $51.55
camera icon Your purchase will match the quality of the product shown.
Product Details
  • Product Details
  • Specifications
  • History
  • Sell Silver to Us
Product Details
The 12th issue from the annual American Silver Eagle program by the U.S. Mint displays one of the most popular and beloved designs in American coinage. The iconic design and .999 fine Silver content further adds to its bullion appeal.

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains 1 oz of fine Silver.
  • Multiples of 20 are packaged in mint issued tubes. All other Silver Eagle coins will come in protective packaging.
  • Worldwide mintage of 4,295,004 coins.
  • 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.
  • Guaranteed and backed by the U.S. Mint.

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.

One of the most popular designs in American coinage, the Silver Eagle combines beauty with Silver bullion appeal. Add the 1997 Silver Eagle to your cart today!

History of the American Silver Eagle Program
The U.S. Mint attempted to establish selling Silver bullion in the 1970s and early 1980s to help reduce the Defense National Stockpile. The reasoning was that domestic needs exceeded that of strategic needs. Many refiners had actually opposed the plan due to concerns of diminishing the need of in-state mining and possible reduction of Silver spot at the time. Throughout the back-and-forth, the United States did end up selling off large amounts of Silver (roughly 105 million troy ounces) but not as coin, as they had originally intended. When this happened, it did in fact cause the price of Silver to drop immediately. Many traders started unloading futures with the anticipation that price would fall, which it did. Over a span of several years and suspensions, it wasn’t until June 21, 1985, that the Senate finally agreed to an amendment by a voice vote. The amended bill was signed by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1985. The bill, know as the “Liberty Coin Act” authorized the law of the American Silver Eagle program with an effective date of October 1, 1985, but came with stipulations that no coins may be struck or sold until September 1, 1986. Finally, after all of this, the first American Silver Eagle was released on November 24, 1986, and has gone on to become one of the most beloved, best-selling coins in the world.

The Design (1986 to 2021)
The obverse (front) of the coin was taken from the “Walking Liberty,” originally designed by Adolph A. Weinman, in 1916. The iconic design had already been a public favorite and one of the most beloved of any United States coinage of modern times, which made it an instant favorite among collectors and enthusiasts once released. The reverse (back) was designed by John Mercanti and portrayed a heraldic eagle behind a shield. The eagle holds a banner in its beak while grasping an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left, an image that echoes the Great Seal of the United States. Above the eagle and below the legend are 13 five-pointed stars representing the original 13 colonies.

Direct from the U.S. Mint
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 directly from the U.S. Mint and pass them along to you, our customer.


The coins you receive may exhibit some level of natural toning and/or oxidation such as spotting. This is a normal process that and can occur over time when exposed to hydrogen sulfide which is naturally occurring in the air.

4.7

12 Reviews

93% of reviewers recommend this product

Leave A Review

Posted By:The Viking 4 Silver Guy

From:Oregon

Date:Feb 20, 2021

it's a silver coin with a Great Date

Was this review helpful? Yes/ No

I am Satisficed with all {3} I bought i needed this Date, Glad I found um at APMEX were else, Good Job!!


  • Pros
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Chumlypage,llc

From:Bethlehem,pa

Date:Jun 24, 2019

Awesome

Was this review helpful? Yes/ No

Awesome thank you


  • Pros
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition
  • Cons
  • Common (higher mintage)
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Lavender Lady

From:Glencoe Illinois

Date:Mar 5, 2018

AAAAA+++++

Was this review helpful? Yes/ No

This was a much needed coin for my collection at an affordable price.


  • Pros
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Dad

From:Grand Ronde, OR

Date:Jan 27, 2018

Fast shipping, fair peices

Was this review helpful? Yes/ No

Putting together the American Silver Eagle series for my son as a gift. It was fun for me, and hopefully he will enjoy and get the bug. Investing in the future for me and him.


  • Pros
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:T

From:indiana

Date:Nov 24, 2016

Great purchase

Was this review helpful? Yes/ No

Wanted to start my kids in an interest in coin collecting, by purchasing this sae in his year of birth. Will work great for a stocking stuffer, and hopefully will create another common interest for him and I. Great service from apmex once again.


  • Pros
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Warren

From:Missouri

Date:Apr 22, 2016

Excelent value

Was this review helpful? Yes/ No

Good buy for the price


  • Pros
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Russ

From:Simi Valley, Ca

Date:Dec 1, 2015

Exactly as described. Very nice

Was this review helpful? Yes/ No

Exactly as described. Received promptly and in brilliant condition


  • Pros
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:CHIPSDICE

From:Round Rock, TX

Date:Aug 6, 2015

"A good buy with a low mintage"

Was this review helpful? Yes/ No

Working on B U set


  • Pros
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Rovinski

From:Green Bay, WI

Date:Dec 4, 2014

American Silver Eagle BU Purchase

Was this review helpful? Yes/ No

Collection of Eagles


  • Pros
  • Mint Condition
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Recognized Brand
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Attractive Design
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Corey

From:Ohio

Date:Nov 25, 2014

Big fingerprint

Was this review helpful? Yes/ No

When I received this coin there was a big milky fingerprint on the obverse of the coin. I did not feel this fit the BU description.


  • Cons
  • Poor Condition
  • Bottom Line
  • No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Merchant response: Corey: We're sorry there was a fingerprint on your coin. This shouldn't have happened. We'll make this right by having our customer service team contact you and exchange the product.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We provide all of our customers with a refund, return and / or exchange on everything we sell including all bullion and certified coins. If for any reason, you have a problem, please feel free to call us. We will always do our best to accommodate you.

Items in Cart (0)


There are no items in the cart.

APXIIS03