The beautiful design of the walking Liberty silver half dollar is smartly portrayed on the obverse of this popular issue silver bullion piece.
Adolphe A. Weinman designed the popular walking Liberty half dollar that circulated widely in the United States. It was an official legal tender coin and was minted from 1916 to 1947. This design now graces the obverse of the silver eagle.
The reverse of the coin depicts an American Bald Eagle and this design is credited to John Mercanti. This is known as the heraldic eagle with wings spread and its E Pluribus Unum motto ribbon, cinched in the beak.
United States Of America arcs across the top half, along the outer edge. Along the bottom half circle are the words 1 oz. Fine Silver - One Dollar.
The familiar In God We Trust to the right of Liberty's leg and the date at the very bottom complete this artistic silver coin's obverse design.
Proof coins are struck for collectors and regular strike coins are collected, as well as used for investors, to stock away their silver hoards.
With multi million count mintages for all issues, there is little rarity involved in collecting these coins. One rarity does exist that was minted at the West Point mint. This coin is the 1995 W Silver eagle and has a mintage number of only 30,125. This means that only this amount of full collections can ever be assembled.
The metal content of the silver eagle is 99.93 silver and .07 copper. It weighs 31.01 grams. The diameter is 40.6 mm and the coin has a reeded edge. It contains a net 1 oz of pure silver rated .999 fine.
Coined in San Francisco, Philadelphia and West Point, proof coins are harder to get and carry a numismatic value to collectors. The regular strike coins are collected this way as well, and a well preserved example will sell for far more then the worth of its metal content.
One dollar is the stated worth of the coin on the reverse, but the coin gets its value from the current price of silver as well as a little bonus for numismatic collectability.
Collectors books are available for storage and they have protective plastic slides to keep the silver from tarnishing. Also, even a small scratch can reduce the value of a proof immensely. A perfect example will be worth multiples of the example with a blemish.
A fun place to start collecting US coins, or an investment in your future. Whatever the reason for collecting United States Silver Eagles, a beautiful piece of numismatic history is what you'll be getting.