First introduced in 1986, the Silver Eagle is far and away the world’s #1 most collected coin. The Silver Eagle obverse design features one of America’s most iconic numismatic achievements: Adolph Alexander Weinman’s Walking Liberty, depicts Lady Liberty in full stride, enveloped in a flowing American flag. In her left hand are branches of laurel and oak are visible in exquisite detail, more apparent than ever thanks to advancements in design and minting process.
Until 2021, the Silver Eagle reverse design featured another iconic work: John Mercanti’s Heraldic Eagle. Mercanti, perhaps the most prolific coin designer in history, was the 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, serving in that role from 2006 to 2011. While the Heraldic Eagle is Mercanti’s most well-known work, he is credited with an astonishing 100 coin designs worldwide.
In 2021, the U.S. Mint retired the original John Mercanti design which was featured on all Silver Eagles from 1986 until 2021. Big shoes to fill indeed, and it’s safe to say that the new design did not disappoint! The new Silver Eagle reverse, known as Eagle Landing, incorporated the work of designer Emily Damstra and engraver Michael Gaudioso.
This stunning mirror-finish 2022 Proof Silver Eagle is struck in .999 fine silver and features the ‘W’ mintmark, indicating it was struck at the West Point Mint in West Point, NY. This Silver Eagle also features reeded edge variation for additional security, first introduced in 2021.
This coin has been certified Early Releases by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and graded a flawless-strike PF70 Ultra Cameo. The Early Releases pedigree indicates that this coin was purchased from the Mint on the first day of sale and submitted sealed and unopened to NGC within 30 days. This coin features the Early releases label, a collector favorite.
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