Celebrating American patriotism and the pursuit of freedom, U.S. Silver Eagles are considered one of the world’s most beautiful coins. One of the most reputable investment grade silver bullion coins, Silver Eagles are impressively substantial in size, design and quality. Discover more about the value silver coins can bring to your portfolio and learn how to buy American Silver Eagles today.

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Silver American Eagle
Design and Specifications

Authorized by Congress in 1985 and first minted in 1986, Silver American Eagles are pure .999 fine silver, the finest silver coins ever distributed in the United States. Minted in the U.S. Mint’s West Point, New York facility, each coin contains one troy ounce of pure silver, measures 1.598 in diameter with a thickness of .117,” and has a face value of one dollar.

The Silver Eagle coin’s obverse design is based on the U.S. Walking Liberty half dollar, first minted in 1916 and designed by Adolph Alexander Weinman. The reverse side features a bald eagle and shield, with 13 stars, representing the 13 original American colonies, positioned above the eagles head.

They are also considered by many to be one of the most beautiful coins ever minted anywhere in the world. Their obverse design is based on the U.S. Walking Liberty half dollar, first minted in 1916 and designed by German-immigrant sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman, who also designed the famous U.S. Mercury dime, also introduced in 1916.

The reverse side of the coin features a bald eagle and shield, with 13 stars, representing the 13 original American colonies, positioned above the eagles head.



Silver American Eagles are available in units of 100 one-ounce coins. Suitable for an IRA investment, these coins can be purchased outright for personal delivery. Contact us today and discover why Monex has been a trusted name in coin trading for more than 50 years.

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Silver American Eagle Coins: FAQs

What is an American Silver Eagle coin?

The United States Mint issues Silver American Eagles as legal tender bullion coins for investment purposes, under congressional authority. The family of U.S. Mint American Eagles consists of a one ounce silver piece and four sizes of gold American Eagle coins. Though the U.S. Silver Eagle is technically money, its face value is insignificant as compared to its intrinsic value, and thereby does not circulate as coinage.

How pure is the U.S. Silver Eagle coin?

The Silver American Eagles contain precisely one troy ounce of pure silver and contain 99.9% fine silver.

How does the American Silver Eagle compare to sterling silver?

Bullion grade silver is at least 99% pure silver. Pure silver bullion is not as durable as sterling silver, which is 92.5% pure silver with the balance being an alloy to offer better durability. The vast majority of circulating silver coinage of years gone by, when coins were real money rather than fiat currency, was closer to sterling purity than bullion investment quality silver.

What is the current Silver Eagle purchase price?

The purchase price of a one ounce American Silver Eagle is at the Monex Ask price. In addition, there are charges such as commission and shipping. There is no shipping charge if you select depository delivery. Todays Ask price per coin for buying in units of one hundred is: $30.83.

How do I purchase Silver American Eagle coins from Monex?

Once you have decided on the type and quantity of silver coins to purchase, your Monex account representative will assist you in executing your order over the phone. Upon your acknowledgment, your selected purchase and silver price will be confirmed on a voice recorded line and a written confirmation will be sent to you with the details of your order.

Payment may be made after you order, but must be initiated on the day of purchase, which means you must mail or wire funds on the very same day of your transaction. You can have your metal shipped to your home, made available for pick-up at over 30 facilities across the U.S. and Canada, or have your metal delivered to a bank/depository for storage.

Can I purchase American Silver Eagles in my IRA?

Yes, American Silver Eagle coins qualify and are approved for inclusion for purchase in your silver IRA.

What is the Silver Eagle Bullion coins first year of issue?

The oldest Silver American Eagle bullion coin is dated 1986. That year was also the very first year of issue for the U.S. Mint Bullion Coin program.

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