2021 Brilliant Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Featuring a New Reverse Design!

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Update from the United States Mint 10/26/2020: Two 2021 American Silver Eagle Reverse Designs

In late October, the United States Mint announced that they will be issued Brilliant Uncirculated American Silver Eagles with two reverse designs in 2021. At the start of the year, the Silver Eagle will feature Mercanti's original heraldic eagle reverse design, while Emily Damstra's new reverse design will start appearing on Brilliant Uncirculated Silver Eagles in mid-2021.


“The Mint will continue to strike and sell bullion coins that feature the original designs until the coins with the new reverse designs are released,”  U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said Oct. 21. “We anticipate bullion coins with new designs will be released mid-2021.”

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 in mid-2021. The Mint will also release some 2021 Brilliant Uncirculated issues featuring John Mercanti's original reverse design, with the new reverse being released later in 2021.

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.

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Update from the United States Mint 6/23/2020: 2021 Silver Eagle Reverse Design Candidates Revealed

The Citizens Coinage Advisory (CCAC) met on June 23rd, 2020, to review the potential designs of upcoming United States Mint programs, including the yet-to-be-revealed reverse design of the American Silver Eagle program. So far, thirty-nine candidate designs have been revealed, and while none of them has been chosen as the final design, they offer an exciting preview of what the reverse of the 2021 American Silver Eagle may look like next year.

To see all thirty-nine candidate designs on the United States Mint website, click here.


Some of the 2021 Silver Eagle Reverse Design Candidates Some of the 2021 Silver Eagle Reverse Design Candidates

Big changes are coming for the bullion American Silver Eagle coin program in mid-2021. The United States Mint established the American Silver Eagle one ounce coin as the premier ownership vehicle for numismatic silver and silver bullion in the United States in 1986. The series is struck on 1 oz. .999 fine silver planchets. The silver weight and purity is guaranteed the U.S. Government. The coins bear a face value of $1 and are legal tender.

New Silver Eagle Reverse Design Will Debut in Mid-2021


To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the first Silver Eagle, the U.S. Mint is planning to redesign the reverse of the series. The redesign will include new security features as counterfeiters would not initially be able to duplicate the coin. The famous obverse will remain the same. The exact date that this redesign will be issued has not yet been revealed, but it will debut some time in mid-2021. The Mint will also be issuing 2021 bullion Silver Eagles with Mercanti's original reverse design at the start of the year.


The Mint is planning to incorporate additional cutting edge security features as other world mints have done over the last few years. These enhancements may include micro-engraving, privy marks, engraved, and textured backgrounds, although the exact improvements that will be used have not yet been announced. Additional features may not be announced to the public and may only be apparent to the U.S. Mint, the Treasury Department and the Secret Service.

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Traditional American Silver Eagle Design

The Classic American Silver Eagle Design

The American Silver Eagle obverse and reverse designs have not changed since 1986.


The obverse features the timeless Adolph A. Weinman “Walking Liberty” design that debuted in 1916 on the circulating half dollar coin. The image of Lady Liberty walking over the American Landscape, freely sharing the strength and prosperity of the symbols she bears will not change in 2021.

The reverse features the original John Mercanti design of a powerful Heraldic Eagle. A Union shield protects his breast as he clutches arrows and an olive branch. An inverted triangular field of thirteen stars appears over the eagle and bunting bearing the motto “E Pluribus Unum” is firmly gripped in his beak. This image will be either replaced or redesigned to incorporate the latest anti-counterfeiting technology.

The 2021 Brilliant Uncirculated American Silver Eagle featuring a new reverse design will be available in mid-2021.

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