History of the Silver American Eagle

The first Silver American Eagle was released by the United States Mint on November 24, 1986. Each coin is struck from one Troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. Over the years, the Silver Eagle has been produced at three mint locations: Philadelphia, San Francisco Mint, and West Point.

The obverse of the coin is based on Adolph A. Weinman's 1916 "Walking Liberty" half dollar, which was in circulation from 1916 to 1947, and widely considered one of the most beautiful American coins ever minted. The reverse was designed by John Mercanti and portrays a heraldic eagle grasping an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left. Above the eagle are 13 five-pointed stars representing the Thirteen Colonies.

The beauty, elegance and affordability of American Silver Eagle Coins have propelled them to be collected and admired around the world. American Silver Eagle Coins are the world's best-selling silver coins, with more than 130 million of them sold since 1986.


Investment Grade Coins

Certified coins in perfect "Proof 70" condition are considered actual "museum quality." With their beautiful finish, flawless condition and rarity, they are preferred by both collectors and investors. Since they are valued for their rarity, not their weight, they are not subject to the ups and downs of the commodities market, which has made their value more stable over time than silver bullion alone. The U.S. Gold Bureau recommends these coins as a long-term store of value, to help protect your portfolio from turbulent economic times.


Ed Moy Signature Series Proof 70 Coins

The U.S. Gold Bureau has partnered with former Director of the U.S. Mint, Ed Moy, to offer hand-signed certification labels on Silver American Eagle Proof 70 coins. The Ed Moy Signature Series of Silver American Eagle Proof 70 coins will be highly sought after by investors and collectors and is exclusive to the U.S. Gold Bureau, meaning population for Proof 70 coins and Date Runs will be extremely low, adding to their investment potential. Each coin contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver.

• Exclusive Ed Moy Signature Series
• Beautiful and Affordable Silver American Eagle
• Very Low Population of Proof 70 Coins
• 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver

In addition to being the 38th Director of the United States Mint, Edmund C. Moy is a well-known author, economist and public speaker. He served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for over five years and assisted with the transition to the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security after September 11, 2001. The U.S. Mint sold over a $1 billion in numismatic collectibles and struck over 16 billion coins in Moy’s first year as Director. During his tenure as leader of the U.S. Mint, the financial crisis, and recession spurred an unprecedented demand for gold and silver bullion. The 50 State Quarter program, the Presidential $1 Coin, and the National Parks Quarter program were also milestones of Ed Moy’s term with the U.S. Mint.

Coins with Ed Moy signature labels have made headlines due to their extreme popularity and premiums investors are willing to pay at auction. The Ed Moy Signature Series of Silver American Eagle Proof 70 coins are no exception and are an excellent way to affordably diversify your portfolio within precious metals.

Ed Moy Signature Series Silver American Eagle Proof 70 are available as single coins and a full Date Run featuring one of each Silver American Eagle minted since 1986 including 1995 W Silver American Eagle. Demand for these hand-signed coins is expected to outpace supply as investors and collectors realize the tremendous investment potential of these coins. The Ed Moy Signature Series is also available in Gold American Eagles and Gold American Buffalo Proof 70 coins. Please contact us for more information about the Ed Moy Signature Series Proof 70 coins available exclusively through the U.S. Gold Bureau.


A Legacy of American Refinement

San Francisco Mint Series (1986 - 1992)

Preserving the Past, Saving the Future

Opening in 1854 to serve the gold mines of the California Gold Rush, the San Francisco Mint turned $4 million in gold bullion coins in its first year. The new Mint was opened in 1937 after it quickly outgrew its first building. In 1968, after a 13-year hiatus, it took over most proof coinage production from the Philadelphia Mint, but continued striking a supplemental circulating coinage from 1968 through 1974.

1986-1992 Date Run »

Year Original Proof Coin Price Current PF70 Trading Price PF70 Population Rank in group Overall Rank
1986-S $21.00 $1,085.00 2,997 7 15
1987-S $23.00 $1,937.50 1,147 2 5
1988-S $23.00 $900.00 1,345 4 8
1989-S $23.00 $721.00 1,630 5 11
1990-S $23.00 $575.00 2,074 6 13
1991-S $23.00 $1,275.00 1,034 1 3
1992-S $23.00 $750.00 1,341 3 7

Philadelphia Mint Series (1993 - 2000)

Ye Ole Mint, A Rich Legacy

The Coinage Act of 1792, which led to creation of the United States Mint, was entered into law on April 2. At that time, Philadelphia was our nation’s capital, therefore the first mint facility was built there. The Mint Act also instituted a decimal system based on a dollar unit; specified weights, metallic composition and fineness; and required each United States coin feature an impression emblematic of liberty.

1993-2000 Date Run »

Year Original Proof Coin Price Current PF70 Trading Price PF70 Population Rank in group Overall Rank
1993-P $23.00 $3,714.29 998 2 2
1994-P $23.00 $3,437.50 1,035 3 4
1995-P $23.00 $777.78 1,592 6 10
1996-P $23.00 $900.00 1,218 4 6
1997-P $23.00 $1,046.25 988 1 1
1998-P $24.00 $550.00 2,017 7 12
1999-P $24.00 $825.00 1,379 5 9
2000-P $24.00 $1,012.50 2,612 8 14

West Point Mint Series (2001 - 2018)

Tradition Becomes Our Security

Erected in 1937 as the West Point Bullion Depository, this was originally a storage facility for silver bullion and was nicknamed “The Fort Knox of Silver.” From 1973 to 1986, West Point produced cents, and in 1980 began striking gold medallions. Shortly afterward, approximately 20 billion dollars worth of gold was stored in its vaults, making it second only to Fort Knox for gold storage.

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Year Original Proof Coin Price Current PF70 Trading Price PF70 Population Rank in group Overall Rank
2001-W $24.00 $426.25 4,866 1 16
2002-W $24.00 $503.75 5,084 2 17
2003-W $24.00 $215.00 9,609 3 18
2004-W $28.00 $224.75 10,947 4 19
2005-W $28.00 $209.25 13,301 5 20
2006-W $28.00 $240.25 23,350 10 25
2007-W $30.00 $240.25 25,538 11 26
2008-W $32.00 $209.25 23,232 9 24
2010-W $46.00 $255.75 29,043 12 27
2011-W $60.00 $255.75 23,145 8 23
2012-W $60.00 $232.50 19,274 6 21
2013-W $63.00 $177.00 21,921 7 22
2014-W $53.00 $177.00 31,236 13 28
2015-W $49.00 $165.00 32,516 14 29
2016-W $54.00 $165.00 78,458 17 32
2017-W $54.00 $151.00 48,486 15 30
2018-W $54.00 $139.00 53,057 16 31

Note: The U.S. Mint did not produce Proof Silver American Eagle coins in 2009. Original U.S. Mint Coin Price is the approximate selling price of the uncertified proof version of the coin available directly from the U.S. Mint during the year of issue. "PF70 Population" indicates the maximum possible population of perfect Proof 70 condition coins for the year given (NGC, February 2018).


Special Issue Silver Eagles

Celebrating A History in Refinement

The Silver Eagle program began in 1986 as a way for the public to invest in silver, and the U.S. Mint also issued top-quality proof silver eagles. With numismatists, collectors and investors thirsty for different variations of Silver American Eagles, the United States Mint has been happy to oblige with their anniversary sets and special editions.

Year Current Trading Price PF70 Population
1995-W (Special Edition) $27,125.00 534
2006 3-Coin 20th Anniversary Set $1,900.00 7,467
2011 5-Coin 25th Anniversary Set $1,725.00 19,528
2012 2-Coin San Francisco 75th Anniversary Set $527.00 19,961
2013 2-Coin West Point 75th Anniversary Set $399.90 36,354
2017 San Francisco Congratulations Set $447.00 26,713*
2017 San Francisco Limited Edition $376.00 26,713*

*NGC Census combines the Proof 70 population of 2017 San Francisco Congratulations Set and Limited Edition.


The Silver American Eagle Date Run

Featured in NGC boxes and protective slab cases, this Silver Eagle Set includes a complete 31-coin set of the Silver Eagles from 1986 to 2018. In 2016, the U.S. Mint released proof versions of the coin with a lettered edge to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Silver American Eagle. Each coin contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine pure Silver and are graded in perfect Proof 70 condition by NGC.

This set features the proof collector versions of the official United States bullion coins and are only available in the one ounce size. American Eagle Silver Proof Coins from 1986 to 1992 were minted at the United States Mint at San Francisco bearing the "S" mint mark, 1993 to 2000 were minted at the United States Mint at Philadelphia bearing the "P" mint mark and 2001 to date minted at the United States Mint at West Point bearing the "W" mint mark.

Note: Excludes the 1995 W Silver American Eagle PF70. The U.S. Mint did not produce Proof Silver American Eagle coins in 2009.

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1995 W Silver American Eagle PF70

The King of the Silver Eagles

The 1995-W Proof Silver Eagle was included as a “complimentary” piece in the special five-coin set honoring the 10th anniversary of the American Eagle bullion coin program. Only 30,125 were produced, and only as part of a larger 5-coin American Eagle set that included 1/10, 1/4, 1/2 and 1 ounce Gold Eagles and a 1 ounce Silver Eagle - all West Point and all proofs. The 1 ounce Silver Eagle is actually worth more than the 1 ounce Gold Eagle because of the scarcity of the coin's West Point minting.

The 1995-W Proof Silver Eagle is one of the most unique coins ever minted by the U.S. Mint and with such a low mintage, it remains the most coveted key coin in the U.S. Mint program.

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