2020 is a year that no one will soon forget. Amid the turmoil, many collectors sought to buy more of their favorite metals. As we move into 2021, here are five of the products that proved to be the most popular with GovMint.com customers throughout the previous year.
2020 $1 1 oz Silver Eagle (BU)
The American Silver Eagle is one of the world’s most popular bullion coins. Issued every year since its debut in 1986, the bullion coin has the backing of the United States government for both weight and purity. The series also bears the iconic Walking Liberty design of Adolph Weinman, one of the most beloved designs in American history.
Both of the coin’s designs have remained consistent since the series began, however the United States Mint has announced plans to change the reverse design, which was the creation of John Mercanti, at some point in 2021. For more information about the upcoming design change, read this Coin-Authority article.
While plans to replace John Meranti’s original heraldic eagle reverse design has been circulating since the fall of 2019, it was revealed in the past months that two American Silver Eagle reverse designs would be released in 2021. Rather than replacing the design at the start of the year, the United States Mint said it would introduce the new design mid-year. This decision meant that the coins issued in the early part of 2021 would retain the Mercanti design, while coins issued later in the year would bear the new Emily Damstra design. Not surprisingly, many collectors took advantage of the opportunity by pre-ordering 2021 Type I Silver Eagles during the last months of 2020.
The 2021 edition also marks the 35th-anniversary issue. Anniversary releases are often special to collectors. In this case, the anniversary simply added appeal to what has already proven to be a popular annual release.
1 oz Silver Morgan Design Bar (BU)
The Morgan Silver Dollar is one of the most beloved coins in American history. Collected by casual and hardcore collectors alike, these pieces offer patriotic designs that once helped the United States to form a common identity after a bloody Civil War. Given the popularity of its obverse and reverse designs, it is no surprise that one or both are often replicated on modern bullion issues, as is the case with the Highland Mint’s Silver Morgan Design Bar.
The bar features the Morgan’s obverse design at the top of its obverse. George T. Morgan, for whom the original coin is named, modeled the figure after Anna Willess Williams. In doing so, Morgan departed from the tradition of depicting Liberty as a Greek-style figure in favor of portraying her as an American style figure. Morgan showed her wearing, among other things, a crown of cotton and wheat, one Southern crp and one Northern one. Below, inscriptions of the coin’s weight, “ONE TROY OUNCE,” and purity, “FINE SILVER 999+,” are superimposed on the numeral “1.” At the bottom is the inscription “MADE IN U.S.A.”
2020-S US Proof Set + 2020-W Jefferson Nickel Proof
The United States Mint Proof Set has been traditionally popular among collectors who appreciate the oft-overlooked designs of America’s circulated coinage. The set consists of a proof example of each of the coins released for circulation in a given year. The 2020 set consisted of ten coins, including five America the Beautiful Quarters and a Native American Dollar. The Native American dollar bore a reverse design that honored Elizabeth Peratrovich for her work supporting the Anti-Discrimination Law of 1945.
The 2020-S Proof Set came with a bonus: a 2020-W Proof Jefferson Nickel. Before 2020, the United States Mint had never struck a Jefferson Nickel with the West Point Mint’s “W” mint mark. Each 2020 annual set contained a Jefferson Nickel bearing the mint mark and a different finish. As the 2020-S United States Mint Proof Set was the first released, this 2020-W Jefferson Nickel was the first such nickel bearing the W-mark to ever be released. For more information, read this Coin-Authority article.
South African 2020 1 oz Silver Krugerrand (BU)
The Gold Krugerrand is the grandfather of modern bullion coins. The gold coin first debuted in 1967 and for five decades did not have a silver counterpart. That changed in 2017 when a low mintage premium uncirculated version was released.
In 2018, collectors finally got what they wanted when the South African Mint released the first-ever bullion Silver Krugerrand. Just three years into the young series, the 2020 issue of the .999 fine silver coin was one of our most popular products in 2020.