The American Silver Eagle coin was introduced in 1986 as the nation’s official silver bullion product. Though it was designed to capture the attention of investors at a time when the market lacked a variety of silver bullion coins, the American Silver Eagle was also aimed at collectors with a proof version available. Right now, the 2005-W Proof American Silver Eagle is available from JM Bullion in a commemorative box.
- Mintage for 2005 totaled 816,663 proof coins!
- 20th consecutive production of American Silver Eagles.
- Ships in a commemorative box and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 pure silver.
- Face value of $1 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- “W” mint mark identifies the West Point Mint as the production facility.
The United States Mint revamped the Walking Liberty design from Adolph A. Weinman after 39 years on the shelf for the obverse image on its all-new bullion and proof coin program in 1986. Weinman’s design originally appeared on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar from 1916 to 1947, and is considered part of America’s Golden Age of coin design during the early 20th century.
In 2005, the United States Mint struck a total of 9.7 million American Silver Eagle coins. That figure represents a third consecutive year of mintage increases for the program. The bullion coin saw a minimal increase in production in 2005, up just 9,000 coins from 2004. On the other hand, the proof coin saw an increase of 15,000 coins from the previous year.
The boost in Proof American Silver Eagle mintage in 2005 marked just the second time in program history, to date, that the proof version of the coin had seen mintage increases over the course of four consecutive years.
As mentioned earlier, Weinman’s Walking Liberty design graces the obverse of all American Silver Eagle coins. You’ll also notice engravings of “Liberty” above the design, “In God We Trust,” and the year of issue below.
The reverse side of the coin features the heraldic eagle of the United States. Designed by John Mercanti, then-Chief Engraver of the US Mint, this image is iconic in American history and represents a modern version of the heraldic eagle in use on American currency since the 1790s.
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