American Silver Eagle Coin

The American Silver Eagle has been one of the most popular United States bullion coins on the market since it was first minted in 1986. Continue reading to learn more about this silver coin, including its history and beautiful design.


Front / Obverse

The front side of the American Silver Eagle shows an image of Lady Liberty walking toward the sun. This image is known as “Walking Liberty” and was originally used on the silver Half Dollar.
Designer: Adolph A. Weinman

Rear / Reverse

The back side of the American Silver Eagle shows an eagle behind a shield holding arrows and an olive branch. Above the eagle’s head are thirteen stars representing the thirteen original colonies.
Designer: John Mercanti



American Silver Eagles were first released in the United States in November 1986 under the Liberty Coin Act. This act made it possible for the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury to release silver bullion coins. Every year since, the United States Mint has released the coin to praise and popularity.