Silver Eagle Coins
The first of the American 1ounce silver eagle coins were minted and issued back in 1986 by the United States Mint, all silver eagles coins have a $1 face value on them and have a silver purity of .999. Each coin weighs in at 31.101 grams or one troy ounce, each of these silver bullion coins have a 40.6mm diameter. The coin generally features Heraldic Eagle on the reverse of the coin designed by John Mercant, and the obverse bears the image of Liberty Walking a design that was used between 1916 to 1947 on the 50 cent coin piece, and design by Adolph A. Weinman.
From 1986-1992 proof Eagles where minted at the San Francisco Mint and have the S mint mark, from 1993 through 2000 proof eagles where minted at the Philadelphia Mint and have the P mint mark, But since 2001 proof Eagle have been minted at the West Point Mint and display the W mint mark. The obverse is inscribed with the year of the coins minting, the word LIBERTY, and the phrase IN GOD WE TRUST.
Silver Eagles for sale can be found at any good bullion coin dealer, but if your after earlier minted coins then Ebay may be your best bet. Remember that harder to aquire years will have a higher preimum above the silver spot price. Sales of silver eagle coins have been strong for many years now due to the demand for silver bullion coins by the public, there has been a marked increase for sales for silver eagles with each passing year...
American Silver Eagles
1986-2013 American Silver Eagle Coins
American Silver Eagles are one of the worlds most recognized bullion coins, American Silver Eagles are produced in their millions for collectors and investors.
Silver Eagle Proof
Proof Silver Eagle coin in display case. For the first time in the US Mints run of the Proof Silver Eagle a 2009 Silver Proof was not produced. Proof Eagle are sold in a velvet case with outer box and certificate of authenticity.
Slabbed Silver Eagles
Silver Proof and uncirculated Eagles can also come as slabbed coins, slabbed Eagles are graded coins placed inside a plastic container slab to protect the graded coin. Proof Silver Eagles receive a PR grade whilst mint state coins receive a MS grade. There are a number of coin grading services who grade and slab bullion these are PCGS and NGC.
Proof Silver Eagle Coins
The silver eagle is also offered in a proof bullion version of the coin, the Silver Eagle has been minted at three mints over the years, the Philadelphia, San Francisco and West Point Mints. In 2009 no silver proof Eagles where produced when the US Mint cancelled the production of them, the first time this has happened in its production run. Proof Eagle are sold in a velvet case with outer box and certificate of authenticity.
From 1986 to 1992, the coins carried the "S" mint mark.
From 1993 to 2000, the coins carried the "P" mint mark.
From 2001 to present, the coins carried the "W" mint mark.
In 1995 a special coin was issued with a "W" mint mark it was part of the 10th Anniversary Gold Eagle Set.
Silver Eagle Coin Specifications
Mint: United States Mint
Weight: 31.101 grams
Diameter: 40.6 mm
Composition: .999 Silver
Issued Date: 1986-Present
Further Coin Information
More information on Silver Eagles can be found at the US Mint.
More information on the Silver Eagle mintage figures can be found Here.