Proof silver American Eagles are collector versions of the official United States silver bullion coin. Only a limited number of proof coins are struck each year and certain years have been known to sell out soon after being issued.
Design of the Proof Silver American Eagle – The U.S. Mint copied the design for the obverse (front) of the silver Eagle coin from the Walking Liberty Silver Half-Dollar, which is often considered America’s most attractive silver coin. It features Lady Liberty cloaked in an American flag, carrying branches of laurel and oak as she walks toward a new day. The motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” rests to the right of her calf.
The coin’s reverse (back,) designed by John Mercanti, depicts a heraldic eagle with shield carrying an olive branch and arrows in its talons. An inverse pyramid of 13 stars representing the 13 original colonies floats above its head. The words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ‘ 1 OZ. FINE SILVER ~ ONE DOLLAR” encircle the eagle.
Proof Silver American Eagle Minting Information – Proof silver American Eagles undergo a detailed minting process using select dies. Lustrous coin blanks are fed manually into the presses where they are struck multiple times to ensure detailed coin images, which appear softly frosted above a mirror-like background. Each Proof Eagle coin comes in a beautiful, dark blue velvet presentation case with an official U.S. Mint Certificate of Authenticity. This certificate outlines the United States government’s guarantee of the coin’s silver content, weight and purity.