Update From the United States Mint 10/1/2020: New Silver Eagle Reverse Design Revealed
On October 1, 2020, the United States Mint revealed the new reverse design that will appear on American Silver Eagles starting in mid-2021. The Mint also released some 2021 Brilliant Uncirculated issues featuring John Mercanti's heraldic eagle reverse design at the start of the year.
The new reverse design offers a fresh perspective on a numismatic icon. The reverse still features a bald eagle, but this time, about to land from a flight. The eagle grasps an oak branch between its claws, perhaps to build its nest. This reverse design was crafted by Emily Damstra, a member of the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program (AIP), and was sculpted by Mint artist Michael Gaudioso.
The obverse design will also carry Adolph Weinman's artist initials, "AW", for the first time in the history of the series.