Silver Eagle Reverse Design
The reverse of the American Silver Eagle was designed by former 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, John Mercanti, who created over 100 coins for the Mint over his 36-year long career. The reverse features a heraldic Eagle, wings spread and clutching a shield to its chest. The eagle clasps arrows in one talon and an oak branch in the other. Inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “ONE DOLLAR,” and the metal content, “1 OZ. FINE SILVER.”
Mercanti’s reverse has been used ever since the series was introduced in 1986 and will be changed for the first time in the series history starting in mid-2021. The new reverse design selected for the series was crafted by Emily Damstra of the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program (AIP).