Silver Eagles

Coins / United States of America / 1 Dollar

Silver Eagle Value

The silver eagle value ranges from $1 to $100,000 depending on the quality of the coin, which year it was minted in, which mint it was manufactured at, and its strike type.

1995 W Silver Eagle Dollar Obverse

1995 W Silver Eagle Dollar Reverse

2008 W Silver Eagle Dollar Obverse

2008 W Silver Eagle Dollar Reverse

2011 S Silver Eagle Dollar Obverse

2011 S Silver Eagle Dollar Reverse

Silver Eagle Overview / History

The American Silver Eagle coin was first issued in 1986 as part of the American Eagle Bullion Program. This program was authorized by U.S. Congress in 1985 to produce gold and silver bullion coins with their weight, content, and purity guaranteed by the U.S. Government.

Now the American Eagle Silver coin is the only silver bullion coin whose weight, content, and purity is guaranteed by the U.S. Government. As the only silver bullion coin of the U.S., the Silver Eagle coin has been issued every year since 1986 in quantities sufficient to meet demand from precious metals investors and silver bullion coin collectors.

American Silver Eagle coin has become the most popular and widely collected silver coin in U.S. history. American Silver Eagles are very liquid, convenient, affordable, attractive and easily converted to cash at any time.

The design of the obverse of the Silver Eagle coin is taken from the Walking Liberty Half Dollar designed by Adolph A. Weinman. The reverse of the American Silver Eagle features a heraldic eagle with a shield and was created by John Mercanti, specifically for the American Silver Eagle coin.

The U.S. Mint offers Silver Eagles in three different versions. The first one is the regular silver bullion version of the coin which is available from authorized bullion dealers and coin dealers. The second version of the coin is the collectible proof version available each year, directly from the U.S. Mint. The most recent series is a burnished or uncirculated version of the silver Eagle. These Eagle Silver Bullion Coins have the W mint mark and all these silver coins are struck on specially burnished blanks.

Specifications of the American Silver Eagle coins have remained the same for the entire series:

Denomination: US$1 Years: 1986 to Present Silver Content: 31.072 grams (0.999 ounces) Weight: 31.103 grams (1.000 ounces) Diameter: 40.60 mm (1.598 inches) Thickness 2.98 mm (0.177 inches)

The most important measure of any investment is liquidity: how easily can it be converted to cash? American Silver Eagle coins can be sold for cash easily at most precious metals, jewellery and coin dealers worldwide, local or online. American Silver Eagle coins are also legal tender. Their one dollar face value is largely symbolic, because silver’s spot market price is much higher. You can buy Silver Eagle coins at most coin and precious metals dealers, online auctions like Ebay, at various brokerage houses and banks or sites like COMEX or APMEX. American Silver Eagle coins are usually sold at spot market price of silver, plus a little premium over spot silver price to cover coinage and distribution costs. And because silver is typically the lowest-priced precious metal compared to gold, platinum or palladium, American Silver Eagle coins are affordable for nearly every individual investor in precious metals.

American Eagle bullion coins are not sold directly to the public by U.S. Mint. Instead, the U.S. Mint sells the American Eagle coins through a network of authorized bullion distributers.

American Silver Eagles can be purchased through several options. Bulk purchases can be made by buying so-called Monster Boxes - green boxes which contain 25 tubes of 20 American Silver Eagle rolls. As a bulk method, this usually yields the lowest premium per coin. In a Mint-sealed box of 500 coins, 2011-dated Silver Eagles sell at a premium over spot of $3 each coin (but you should know that the lowest premium for silver bullion products is not for silver coins but for silver bullion bars, especially 1000 and 100-oz silver bars).

More commonly Silver Eagles are purchased by individual 20-coin rolls. American Silver Eagles can also be purchased individually. The premiums for purchasing coins individually are generally the highest.

American Silver Eagle coins can sometimes be worth more than their silver content value: Silver Eagles issued in 1986, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000 have an additional value beyond their silver content spot value.

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List of Silver Bullion Eagles by Year

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