There is no singular product in the precious metals industry more popular than the American Silver Eagle. The official silver bullion coin of the United States, the American Silver Eagle celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016, and the United States Mint is celebrating in style. Right now, the 2016-W Burnished American Silver Eagle Coin is available to purchase with perfect specimen certification from JM Bullion.
- Arrives in a protective plastic slab!
- 30th anniversary year for the American Silver Eagle!
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of $1 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Issued a grade of Specimen Proof 70 by the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- First Strike status!
- Walking Liberty from Adolph A. Weinman on the obverse.
- Heraldic eagle of the US from John Mercanti on the reverse.
- W mint mark from the West Point Mint.
Each of the 2016-W Burnished American Silver Eagle coins in this product listing is a perfect specimen according to the PCGS. Coins with an SP70 grade from the PCGS have full, original mint luster and lack any detracting flaws on the surfaces. A First Strike coin is a product that arrived at the PCGS depository, or an authorized third-party location, within the first 30 days of the release date set by the United States Mint for 2016 products.
The American Silver Eagle originated as a means of making extra money for the federal government in 1986. Congress authorized the release of Defense National Stockpile stores of silver to produce an official bullion coin for the United States. Originally the coin was available in bullion and proof only.
In 2006, on the 20th anniversary of the program, the US Mint released an all-new burnished version of the popular coin series. The burnished coins are struck multiple times under high pressure, much like the proof version. Unlike the proof version though, the burnished coins are struck on specially treated blanks and handled only by hand wearing gloves to prevent tarnish or any other damage to the coin.
On the obverse of each coin is Adolph A. Weinmans Walking Liberty design, which was created in 1916 during a revolutionary period in US coin design. Weinmans creation originally appeared on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar from 1916 to 1947.
Meanwhile, one the reverse of the coin is the heraldic eagle of the United States. The reverse design comes from then-US Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti, who created the image in 1986 for this coin by modifying and modernizing a design that has been in use since 1794 on American coinage.
All 2016-W Burnished American Silver Eagle coins in this listing are from the West Point Mint in the United States Mint system, as indicated by the presence of a W mint mark on the coins.
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