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American Silver Eagle History

 

The official silver bullion coin of the United states is the American Silver Eagle. The American Silver Eagle was released for purchase on November 24, 1986, Its design consisted of the same obverse as the Walking Liberty Half dollar which was originally designed by Adolf A Weinman. This design was reborn due to its renowned beauty. The obverse of the American Silver Eagle features a elegant lady liberty proudly striding toward the sunset with a American flag draped over her shoulder. In her other hand oak and laurel branches. The reverse of the American Silver Eagle was designed by John Mercanti, 12th chief engraver of the U.S. Mint. The reverse portrays the U.S’s heraldic eagle, floating above the eagle 13 stars are resting, representing the 13 colonies.

The American Silver Eagle had been minted from 1986 to present day, although the coin is not being discontinued, the American Silver Eagle will be redesigned in 2021, the 2020 version of the American Silver eagle will be the last of its breed. The U.S. Mint has given us a hint the just the reverse design will change and new security features will be placed on the coin. This comes long overdue as the United States is one of the last major mints to implemented new security features.

The American Silver Eagle was minted in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and West Point. The American Silver Eagle contains 1 troy ounce of 99% pure silver and comes in many different forms. In total the U.S. Mint has made six different types of Silver Eagle finishes. These finishes include Mint State, Proof, Burnished, Enhanced Finished, Reverse Proof, and the Enhanced-Reverse Proof. Each one of these finishes is more stunning than the next. 

The key dates in the American Silver Eagle series are as follows:

-1995 W Silver Eagle (Proof Version)

-2019 S Enhanced-Reverse Proof (Second Ever Enhanced-Reverse Proof)

-1999 Mint State Silver Eagle (Only in Perfect 70)

-1993-P Proof Silver Eagle & 1994-P Proof Silver Eagle

-2008 Reverse of 2007 Burnished Silver Eagle (Error coin in the Burnished Series)

-2006 Burnished Silver Eagle (First Year of Issue)

American Silver Eagle Mintages and Values

 

Date Mintage Good Very Fine Extremely Fine Uncirculated
1986 American Silver Eagle 5,393,005 N/A N/A N/A $40.00
1986-S American Silver Eagle 1,446,778 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1987 American Silver Eagle 11,442,335 N/A N/A N/A $25.00
1987-S American Silver Eagle 904,732 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1988 American Silver Eagle 5,004,646 N/A N/A N/A $28.00
1988-S American Silver Eagle 557,370 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1989 American Silver Eagle 5,203,327 N/A N/A N/A $28.00
1989-S American Silver Eagle 617,694 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1990 American Silver Eagle 5,840,210 N/A N/A N/A $28.00
1990-S American Silver Eagle 695,510 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1991 American Silver Eagle 7,191,066 N/A N/A N/A $28.00
1991-S American Silver Eagle 511,925 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1992 American Silver Eagle 5,540,068 N/A N/A N/A $28.00
1992-S American Silver Eagle 498,654 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1993 American Silver Eagle 6,763,762 N/A N/A N/A $28.00
1993-P American Silver Eagle 405,913 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1994 American Silver Eagle 4,227,319 N/A N/A N/A $38.00
1994-P American Silver Eagle 372,168 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1995 American Silver Eagle 4,672,051 N/A N/A N/A $35.00
1995-P American Silver Eagle 438,511 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1995-W American Silver Eagle 30,125 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1996 American Silver Eagle 3,603,386 N/A N/A N/A $65.00
1996-P American Silver Eagle 500,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1997 American Silver Eagle 4,295,004 N/A N/A N/A $32.00
1997-P American Silver Eagle 435,368 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1998 American Silver Eagle 4,847,549 N/A N/A N/A $30.00
1998-P American Silver Eagle 450,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1999 American Silver Eagle 7,408,640 N/A N/A N/A $30.00
1999-P American Silver Eagle 549,769 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2000-W American Silver Eagle 9,239,132 N/A N/A N/A $28.00
2000-P American Silver Eagle 600,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2001(W) American Silver Eagle 9,001,711 N/A N/A N/A $28.00
2001-W American Silver Eagle 746,398 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2002-(W) American Silver Eagle 10,539,026 N/A N/A N/A $26.00
2002-W American Silver Eagle 647,342 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2003-(W) American Silver Eagle 8,495,008 N/A N/A N/A $25.00
2003-W American Silver Eagle 747,831 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2004-(W) American Silver Eagle 8,882,754 N/A N/A N/A $25.00
2004-W American Silver Eagle 801,602 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2005-(W) American Silver Eagle 8,891,025 N/A N/A N/A $25.00
2005-W American Silver Eagle 81,663 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006-(W) American Silver Eagle 10,676,522 N/A N/A N/A $25.00
2006-W Burnished American Silver Eagle 468,020 N/A N/A N/A $75.00
2006-W American Silver Eagle 1,092,477 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006-P American Silver Eagle 248,875 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2007-(W) American Silver Eagle 9,028,036 N/A N/A N/A $25.00
2007-W Burnished American Silver Eagle 621,333 N/A N/A N/A $30.00
2007-W American Silver Eagle 821,759 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2008-(W) American Silver Eagle 20,583,000 N/A N/A N/A $25.00
2008-W Burnished American Silver Eagle 533,757 N/A N/A N/A $48.00
2008-W American Silver Eagle 700,979 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2009-W American Silver Eagle 30,459,000 N/A N/A N/A $24.00
2010-(W) American Silver Eagle 34,764,500 N/A N/A N/A $24.00
2010-W American Silver Eagle 849,861 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2011-(W) American Silver Eagle 40,020,000 N/A N/A N/A $24.00
2011-W Burnished American Silver Eagle 409,776 N/A N/A N/A $38.00
2011-S American Silver Eagle 99,882 N/A N/A N/A $225.00
2011-W American Silver Eagle 947,355 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2011-P American Silver Eagle 99,882 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2012-(W) American Silver Eagle 33,121,500 N/A N/A N/A $24.00
2012-W Burnished American Silver Eagle 226,120 N/A N/A N/A $65.00
2012-W American Silver Eagle 869,386 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2012-S Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle 224,981 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2012-S American Silver Eagle 285,184 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2013-(W) American Silver Eagle 42,675,000 N/A N/A N/A $24.00
2013-W Burnished American Silver Eagle 222,091 N/A N/A N/A $50.00
2013-W Ehanced American Silver Eagle 281,310 N/A N/A N/A $90.00
2013-W American Silver Eagle 934,812 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2013-W Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle 281,310 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2014-(W) American Silver Eagle 44,006,000 N/A N/A N/A $24.00
2014-W Burnished American Silver Eagle 253,169 N/A N/A N/A $50.00
2014-W American Silver Eagle 944,757 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2015-(W) American Silver Eagle 47,000,000 N/A N/A N/A $24.00
2015-W Burnished American Silver Eagle 223,879 N/A N/A N/A $50.00
2015-W American Silver Eagle 707,518 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016-(W) American Silver Eagle 37,701,500 N/A N/A N/A $54.00
2016-W Burnished American Silver Eagle 216,501 N/A N/A N/A $50.00
2016-W American Silver Eagle 595,843 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017-(W) American Silver Eagle 18,065,500 N/A N/A N/A $24.00
2017-W Burnished American Silver Eagle 176,739 N/A N/A N/A $50.00
2017-W American Silver Eagle 440,596 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017-S American Silver Eagle 123,799 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2018-(W) American Silver Eagle 15,700,000 N/A N/A N/A $24.00
2018-W Burnished American Silver Eagle 131,935 N/A N/A N/A $50.00
2018-W American Silver Eagle 361,192 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2018-S American Silver Eagle 158,791 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2019 American Silver Eagle  N/A N/A N/A N/A $24.00
2019-W Burnished American Silver Eagle  N/A N/A N/A N/A $50.00
2019-W American Silver Eagle  N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2019-S American Silver Eagle  N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Source 2020 Red Book