The American Eagle Proof Coin is popular because it makes a nice addition to a numismatic collection and a great bargain in the precious metals market. The proof coin was first minted in 1986 after it was authorized in 1985. The 1 troy ounce proof silver coin is made of the purest silver with a purity level of .999. Like every other proof coin, the Eagle Proof coin goes through delicate and rigorous design processes where apt attention is paid to every single detail of the coin, giving it the perfect finish.

The artistic design of this coin is one of its selling points. The obverse features an image of Lady Liberty walking. This design was created by Adolph A. Weinman in 1916. On this design, Lady Liberty walks toward the setting sun with her right hand outstretched and an inscription reading ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ behind her. This ‘Walking Liberty’ was first used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar coin. This Walking Liberty Half Dollar coin is no longer minted. The design on the reverse of the coin was created by John Marcanti in 1986. It is an image of the Great Seal of the United States – an eagle holding some arrows in its left talon and an olive branch in its right. On top of the eagle are 13 stars that are symbolic of the original 13 United States colonies. Still on the reverse, inscriptions reading ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’ and ‘1OZ. FINE SILVER-ONE DOLLAR’ are found on the edge of the coin.

San Francisco Mint, Philadelphia Mint and West Point Mint are the three mints that handle the production of this proof coin. As a result, every coin bears the mark of the mint which produced it. The Philadelphia Mint has a “P” mark, the San Francisco Mint has an “S” mark and the West Point Mint has a “W” mark. Finally, the market value of the American Eagle Proof Coin is bolstered by the fact that it is only produced in limited quantities annually.

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