- Year of Issue: 1986 to Present
- Authorizing Legislation: Public Law 99-61
American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins
American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins are coins whose weight and purity are guaranteed by the United States Government. They’re also allowed in an IRA. Each coin contains a minimum of one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver.
The obverse design of the American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins is based on Adolph A. Weinman’s “Walking Liberty” half dollar, produced from 1916 to 1947. It is widely considered one of the most beautiful American coins ever minted. In 2021, the U.S. Mint marked the 35th anniversary of the American Eagle Coin Program with a refreshed design. Thanks to technological advancements in the design and minting process, the design now encompasses some of Weinman’s original details that were not previously possible. The design also adds his traditional artist mark.
Since 2021, the reverse shows an eagle coming in for a landing, carrying an oak branch as if to add it to a nest. To give the new coins an added level of security, they have also been updated with enhanced security features, including a reeded edge variation.
From 1986 to 2021, the reverse depicted a heraldic eagle with a shield, grasping an olive branch in the right talon and arrows in the left. The design, by John Mercanti, symbolized strength and endurance.
Silver bullion coins are easy to buy and sell at most coin, precious metal, and brokerage companies. Locate an authorized dealer. Prices are based on the market price of silver, plus a small premium to cover minting and distribution costs.
The obverse features a refreshed depiction of Adolph A. Weinman’s full-length figure of Liberty in full stride, enveloped in folds of the flag. Her right hand is extended and she carries laurel and oak branches in her left. The design also includes Weinman’s traditional artist mark.
The reverse depicts, since 2021, an eagle as it approaches a landing. It carries an oak branch, as if to add it to a nest.
- IN GOD WE TRUST
- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
- E PLURIBUS UNUM
- 1 OZ. FINE SILVER
- ONE DOLLAR
Composition: 99.9% silver
Weight: 1.000 troy oz. (31.103 grams)
Diameter: 1.598 inches (40.60 mm)
- Designer: Adolf A. Weinman
- Sculptor: Michael Gaudioso, Medallic Artist
- Designer: Emily Damstra, Artistic Infusion Program
Content last reviewed May 19, 2021