The American Silver Eagle bullion coin was first introduced by the US Mint in 1986 and is now known across the world as the United State’s official silver bullion coin. The coin contains one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver and is backed by the US government. The silver eagle is a favorite among investors and collectors in the US and all around the world. In design, the coin features Lady Liberty on the obverse and, on the reverse, the US seal.
There are two designs to this coin. There is an original design and a new, updated 2021 design. The original coin’s design features the creations of artists Adolph A Weinman and John Mercanti. In 2020, a new design was unveiled for the coin’s reverse. The coin’s new 2021 design comes on the heels of the 35th Anniversary of the American Eagle Coin’s first minting. Also, now there’s a silver coin and a gold coin and both have commemorative 2021 versions.
These coins were created in 2006 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the coin’s official release. The finish on these coins is what makes them different and also what makes them a favorite among collectors. The 2006 burnished coins are only minted at the West Point Mint. Because of this, they get the “W” mint mark.
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