A Beautifully Designed Coin
The design used on the obverse of the Silver Eagle series is considered the most beautiful design ever struck in silver by the US Mint. Additionally, the series has used the same design since it was first issued.
The obverse features the Adolph A. Weinman "Liberty Walking" design from the famous 1916 US circulating half dollar series. Liberty is depicted walking with purpose shown striding over rocky American terrain. She holds laurel and oak, which represent success and strength, respectively. The rising sun silhouettes her from behind as the American Flag gives her warmth and comfort.
The reverse of the American Silver Eagle series was an original one, made specifically for the series by former United States Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti. A Heraldic Eagle is displayed on the reverse. A shield protects his breast as he holds arrows and an olive branch. An inverted triangular field of thirteen stars appears over the eagle.