The American Silver Eagle has been around since 1986. Its design is taken from Adolph A. Weinman’s “Liberty Walking” for the half dollar that circulated from 1916 to 1947. She strides towards the sunset, carrying in her arms laurel and oak, symbolic of civil and military peace. Because of the popularity of the design it was revived decades later in the form of the 1 oz. silver dollar. The obverse side of the coin has the heraldic American eagle emblem designed by John Mercanti in 1986. The eagle carries in her talons olive branches and arrows, symbolizing peace and war. The dollar is the official silver bullion coin of the United States and although its face value is $1, it is usually valued around $20. Proof versions usually sell for up to $60 and are a fine addition to any coin collection. Today the Silver Eagles are minted at Westpoint.
These silver dollars usually come in coin holders already because they are most of the time sold in proof condition, but other methods of coin storage are also popular, such as a coin album that prevents against corrosion. These coins are a beautiful addition to any coin collection and work well as gifts or collector’s items.