Authorized by Congress in 1985 and first minted in 1986, Silver Eagles are .999 fine silver, the finest silver coins ever issued by the United States. Containing a full troy ounce of silver, the Silver Eagle is guaranteed by the U.S. Government for its content, weight, and purity and has become the most popular silver coin series in the entire world.
The design for the obverse of this iconic coin is based on Adolph A. Weinman’s stunning design for the 1916 half dollar. It depicts the flag-draped figure of Lady Liberty progressing in full stride toward the dawn of a new day. In one arm she carries branches of laurel and oak while her other is outstretched in bestowal of the spirit of liberty. The revival of this beloved US coin design has helped the Silver Eagle become one of the most sought-after silver coins in the world.
The coin’s reverse was designed by the US Mint’s Chief Engraver John Mercanti and features a heraldic eagle behind a shield. Based on the design of the Great Seal of the United States, Mercanti’s eagle grasps an olive branch in one talon and a bundle of arrows in the other, symbolizing peace through strength. In the eagle’s beak is a banner with the inscription ‘E Pluribus Unum,’ and above it are thirteen stars representing the original thirteen colonies.
Struck in .999 fine silver, this uncirculated 2013 American Silver Eagle is graded MS70 by ANACS, the official coin grading service of the American Numismatic Association. This is one coin that you’ll definitely want to have in your collection.
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