American Silver Coins

About US silver coins

As one of the most popular precious metals in the world, silver has been used for many years for minting silver coins in many countries around the world, including the United States. More than that, it was the main precious metal used for manufacturing American coins between 1796 and 1965. However, during those times, the silver price was constantly increasing, forcing the US Mint to adopt the use of an alloy of copper-nickel instead of silver for almost all American silver coins produced since 1965.

Nowadays, investors can choose between two options when buying US mint silver coins: silver bullion coins, like the American Eagle or America the Beautiful Silver coin series, or the junk silver coins, like the 90% and 40% silver half dollars, quarters and dimes.

United States Mint

Under the Coinage Act of 1792, the US Mint was established to strike circulation coins for the newly formed the USA and its first mint building was located in Philadelphia, at that time the country’s capital. Since its founding, the mint has produced two exceptional coin series and collectibles which represent with great pride the story of our nation - the American Eagle and the America the Beautiful silver coins - equally preferred by both young and experienced investors and collectors.

American Silver Eagle Coins

First issued in 1986, the American Silver Eagle coin series is produced from .999 fine silver and features only one weight option: 1 troy ounce. Still, the US Mint strikes this stunning coin in three versions: proof, uncirculated and burnished. The coin carries a $1 USD denomination and its weight and purity are assured by the US Government. Over the last decade, the mint issued about 40 million one-dollar American Silver Eagles during each year of the program. For this reason, these superb coins are highly sought-after and are regarded as a must-have addition to any collection.

These coins carry a unique design. On the obverse is showcased the image of Walking Liberty, first created by Adolph A. Weinman in 1916 for the Walking Liberty Half Dollar, which was minted from 1916 to 1947. The image portrays Lady Liberty confidently walking towards the rising sun with her figure enveloped in the folds of the American flag while her left arm clutches oak and laurel branches.

On the reverse side of the coin is the heraldic bald eagle with its wings outstretched, clutching arrows and an olive branch in its talons. This magnificent image was designed in 1986 by John Mercanti, the Chief Engraver of the US Mint at that time.

America the Beautiful Silver Coins

Another popular US silver coin design is the America The Beautiful coin, which depicts various American National Parks and famous sites. The series was released by the mint after the incredible popularity of its state quarters, minted from 1999 to 2008, and features on the reverse a different national park, landmark, or national forest from each of the 50 states. Following this successful coin program, in 2010, the mint introduced the 5 oz. America the Beautiful .999 fine silver bullion quarters, which also honor national forests, parks, and monuments of the Nation.

Each year, the mint releases five coins, each representing a particular jurisdiction within the country through its reverse design. The series will continue until 2021, producing a total of 56 quarter dollars. The coins feature the same obverse design, the left-profile portrait of President George Washington, as seen on circulation quarters and created in 1932 by John Flanagan. Below you will find a table with the scheduled reverse designs.

Bullion Exchanges offers a wide selection of US silver coins including, but not limited to, the American Silver Eagle, and the America The Beautiful Quarters Series. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.852.6884. You can also connect with our customer service team via our live chat feature or by submitting your inquiries by email at [email protected].