The American Silver Eagle made its debut in 1986 and is reproduced each year. The original coins were first manufactured in the San Fransisco Mint from 1986-1992. These were stamped with an “S,” signifying the city from which they came. From 1993-2000, they were made in Philadelphia and were accordingly marked with a “P.” Today, your American Silver Eagle coins will have a “W” to represent the West Point Mint where they are currently produced.
The unique design of the American Silver Eagle was initially found on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar, issued from 1916 to 1947. This well-known, masterpiece design was created by architectural sculptor and medalist, Adolph A. Weinman. Having also designed medals for the Armed Services as well as several contributions to a variety of government buildings, Weinman is a cherished American artist. Do not let the details of his intricate design go unnoticed in consideration of such fine craftsmanship.