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Proof Sets, Coins & Collections > Proof Coin Collections > American Eagle Proof Silver Dollars : 1986-Present

American Eagle Proof Silver Dollars 1986-Present

American Eagle Proof Silver Dollars

1986-Present

Since their first year of issue in 1986, the American Eagle Silver Dollar has become the most popular and widely collected coin in U.S. history. These beautiful Proof Silver Eagle Dollars are of the highest quality the U.S. Mint can produce. The obverse design by Adolph A. Weinman was first used on the 1916 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. The design features a figure of Lady Liberty facing left, while walking with her right hand extended and branches of laurel and oak in her left. The reverse design, by U.S. Mint sculptor/engraver John Mercanti, depicts the American Eagle and a shield, with an olive branch in its right talon, and arrows in its left. The American Eagle Dollar is a one ounce silver bullion coin and is the heaviest coin the U.S. Mint has produced.

Proof coins are produced when two dies strike a blank piece of metal with tremendous force. One die is engraved with the front (obverse) design for the coin, while the other die has the back (reverse) design. A proof coin is made with a specially treated die. Through this process, it gives the coin a different appearance. Modern technology allows the high points on the coin design to be acid treated. The background (or field) design of the coin die is polished, resulting in a mirror-like look on the coin when it is struck. The raised parts of the coin have a frosted-look to them. This contrasting finish is often called "cameo." On some older coins a cameo appearance is quite rare. When the attribute "CAM" is added to a coins description, it means cameo appearance. "DCAM" means deep cameo and indicates that this special appearance is strong and easy to observe.

Composition: 100% Silver

American Eagle Proof Silver Dollars are sold with the original government issued velvet case and enclosed in a clear, protective lucite capsule. This proof coin also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.



American Eagle Proof Silver Dollars: 1986-Present
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