In Partnership With Ed Moy, Former Director of the U.S. Mint, All Coin Labels are Hand-Signed.
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. Wholesale Coins Direct 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
Wholesale Coins Direct 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 Wholesale Coins Direct, 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 Wholesale Coins Direct.
New Design for the Silver American Eagle Proof Coin
After more than three decades in existence, the globally recognized and widely revered Silver American Eagle coin will, for the first time, feature a brand-new reverse design motif via its summer 2021 Type 2 release. This updated back-side look will be mirrored by a refreshed and enhanced version of the same obverse image that’s been featured on the front side of the coin for the program’s entire 35-year run.
The new reverse motif, designed by illustrator and U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program member Emily Damstra, and sculpted by now-retired Mint sculptor-engraver Michael Gaudioso, features a strikingly dynamic image of an American eagle gracefully descending upon what is presumed to be a nest below. The mighty bird clutches an oak branch in its talons, wings outstretched elegantly to either side, and is encircled by the words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” the coin’s “ONE DOLLAR” face value, and its “1 OZ. FINE SILVER” contents. The motto found on the Seal of the United States, “E PLURIBUS UNUM” – which means, “Out of many, one” – is inscribed on the coin’s surface to the right of the eagle, along with both the designer’s and sculptor’s initials on either side of the bird. The “W” mint mark, indicating production at the West Point Mint in New York state, appears just above the bird’s tail feathers.
Damstra, whose illustration career has centered around zoological, botanical, and other nature-inspired subjects, remarked in a CoinWeek article earlier this year that her “inspiration for this design grew from a desire to show our national bird – with all of the values it embodies – in a unique way that could also convey traits such as diligence, cooperation, care, and protection.”
The revamping of the Silver American Eagle’s reverse image was approved in 2019 by then-Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, following U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder’s pursuit of the matter. After Secretary Mnuchin approved the updated design request, artists at the U.S. Mint developed a suite of 39 designs to be considered and selected from by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA). While the two organizations nominated different images for the back of the Silver Eagle, Secretary Mnuchin ultimately selected Damstra’s in-flight eagle to grace the coin's reverse side beginning in 2021.
While the updated Silver American Eagle’s obverse side will continue to feature Adolph A. Weinman’s classic Walking Liberty design, the Mint has noted in its description of the 2021 Type 2 release that, “[t]hanks to technological advancements in the design and minting process, Liberty now encompasses some of Weinman’s original details that were not previously possible.” The Mint further elaborates that it “returned to its original historical assets to render a closer reflection of Weinman’s original vision.” Specifically, according to a subscriber email sent by the Mint just before the Type 2 launch, this "closer reflection" of the artist's "original vision" includes the cap Liberty wears along with her left eye being returned to the original appearance intended for the design's sculpted manifestation, the drapery of the American flag Liberty wears being “restored,” the shape of the sun’s rays cresting over the horizon being “restored,” and the fact that the font for the coin’s strike year of “2021” “emulates” the font used on the coin in 1916. The 2021 Type 2 issue also includes the artist’s “traditional mark,” which is a small symbol composed of an intertwined “A” and “W” – Weinman’s initials. The mark appears in the lower right-side area of the coin’s obverse, just below the “IN GOD WE TRUST” inscription.
The Mint also notes that the revamped Silver Eagle features enhanced security details, such as "anti-counterfeit reeded edge variation," designed to combat the growing counterfeit initiatives. According to the same email sent just before the coin's launch, the Mint "benchmarked its efforts against anti-counterfeiting programs implemented by other major world mints" and state that the added advanced security features "will make these remarkable coins more difficult to counterfeit."
The 2021 Silver American Eagle Type 2 Proof coin will be produced to the same specifications as in years past. These details include a $1 legal tender face value, precious metals contents of one troy ounce of 99.9% fine silver, and a 1.6-inch diameter.
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. All proofs made at the San Francisco Mint carry the "S" mint mark.
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. All proofs made at the Philadelphia Mint carry the "P" mint mark.
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. All proofs made at West Point carry the "W" mint mark.
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, December 2021).
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.
* NGC Census combines the Proof 70 population of 2017 San Francisco Congratulations Set and Limited Edition.
The Silver American Eagle Full Date Run
Featured in NGC boxes and protective slab cases, this Silver Eagle Set includes a complete set of the Silver Eagles from 1986 to 2021. 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.
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, valued at well over $20,000.00 with some auctioning over 4 times that amount. This coin is truly in a class of it's own, and a prime example of the importance of investing in proof 70 coins at their earliest release.