Proof Silver Eagles
Since its introduction in 1986, the Proof American Silver Eagle has become an annual favorite of collectors. This coin was created as a collectible version of the 99.9% pure one ounce silver bullion coin series launched in the same year. The proof version carries a high quality finish and bears a mint mark denoting the mint of origin.
The obverse design of the coin features the Walking Liberty design by Adolph A. Weinman, which was used on the circulating half dollar minted from 1916 to 1947. The full figure of Liberty is shown in mid-stride, with the American flag draped across her shoulders and a hand outstretched towards the rising sun. On the reverse is a heraldic eagle designed by John Mercanti. The weight and purity of the silver content are indicated in the inscriptions.
The United States Mint has offered an individual proof version of the Silver Eagle for each year from 1986 to present, with the exception of 2009 when the offering was canceled. The coins have been struck at either the San Francisco, Philadelphia, or West Point Mints, bearing the "S", "P", or "W" mint marks, respectively. Some years have carried a mintage limit, while other years have been produced to demand.
Over the course of the years, the Mint has also offered various other products or sets that have incorporated the Proof Silver Eagles. The most rare is the 10th Anniversary Gold Eagle Set, which contained the key date 1995-W Proof. Other desirable sets include those issued to mark the 20th and 25th anniversaries of the series, which contained reverse proof versions of the coin.