The American Silver Eagle bullion coin was first issued in 1986 as part of the American Eagle Bullion program. Each coin contains one ounce of .999 fine silver. The weight, content, and purity of the coin is guaranteed by the United States government. As the first official silver bullion coin of the United States, the coin has sold in large numbers, especially amidst the renewed interest in precious metals investment experienced in recent years.
The design for the obverse of the coin is taken from Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty Half Dollar, considered to be one of the most beautiful designs in history. The reverse features a heraldic eagle with shield designed by John Mercanti.