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1986 1 oz American Silver Eagle BU

1986 1 oz American Silver Eagle BU

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The inaugural 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. Combined with its 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 5,393,005 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 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 1986 Silver Eagle to your cart today!

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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 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, which 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 that 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, that echoes the Great Seal of the United States. Above the eagle and below the legend is thirteen five-pointed stars representing the original Thirteen 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.

NOTE: 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.

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Posted By:MB

From:Kansas

Date:Dec 25, 2023

a bit too expensive

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The coin is a bit expensive but I trust APMEX and they came through with a good product as usual. The coin was BU as promised.


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

Posted By:dept to silver

From:Tennessee

Date:Jul 28, 2023

Gotta get em all

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a little bit pricey however trying to get from 86 to current no better place to go then APMEX


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

Posted By:AO

From:illinois

Date:Jul 19, 2023

first bad coin

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fist customer service is awsome, I bought a 1986 ASE and it was bad. All the coins I have bought has always been BU. I just hope it’s a toner. Will try again to buy another of the same and will see what happens.


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

Posted By:IwantYourXmasMoney

From:USA

Date:May 16, 2023

Great coin

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A beautiful coins and the first year of the series. A must have.


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

Posted By:IMAUPSER

From:San Clemente CA

Date:Jun 29, 2020

The First Yeay

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Silver eagle/1 oz silver libertad's are both equal'y my favorite I almost have 20 "one full tube" of the 86 SE in all BU condition. The 86 SE must have use a special dye for the first run 35 years ago. cause they are gorgeous.


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

Posted By:tomseys

From:NYC

Date:May 20, 2020

Pretty good

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When I first ordered this coin I guess I expected it to be a very high quality coin.. I didn't understand the grading of coins. But as this is a BU coin which equates to around MS 63, I'd say the coin looks pretty good. It's nice to have a 1986 ASE. Be even nicer to have one in MS70 but then you talking a lot of money. Anyway, thanks again Apmex!


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

Posted By:Bunker Hill Bullion

From:Boston, MA

Date:Sep 26, 2019

Amazing

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Ordered one of these to round things out and received it in BU condition. Very nice to have an older Silver Eagle. Thank you APMEX.


  • Pros
  • 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,Pennsylvania

Date:Mar 13, 2019

The start

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This is a great idea to start to collect


  • Pros
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Cons
  • Common (higher mintage)
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Wade

From:Goshen KY

Date:Nov 19, 2018

Excellent 2.0

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Second order I've placed with Apmex. Shipped the same day I ordered. Flawless coin. Thank you


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

Posted By:Brian

From:Salt Lake City, UT

Date:Aug 26, 2017

Good starting point

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I began my collection of the Eagles with the first coin, and compared to the 1988 Silver Maple I also ordered, this coin showed some slight patina. But still a pretty coin for the age.


  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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