American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins
- Year of Issue: 1986 to Present
- Authorizing Legislation: Public Law 99-61
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.
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.
The U.S. Mint does not sell bullion coins directly to the public. Learn more about silver bullion coins or locate a bullion coin dealer. Prices are based on the market price of silver, which fluctuates daily.
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 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)
- Face Value: $1
- Edge: Reeded
Bullion coins do not feature mint marks.
- Designer: Adolf A. Weinman
- Sculptor: Michael Gaudioso, Medallic Artist
- Designer: Emily Damstra, Artistic Infusion Program