Silver Eagle Proofs

American Silver Eagle proof coins are among the rarest and most beautiful coins produced by the U.S. Mint and are the pinnacle of the coin minting art, requiring a considerable amount of preparation at the Mint. Proof coins extremely popular with collectors because of their exceptional coin detail and aesthetic appeal. The distinctive mirror-like backgrounds with frosted, foregrounds and dramatic high-relief details, allow the coins to come to life in your hands. America has had a love affair with Proof American Silver Eagles over the last 32 years to celebrate noteworthy birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, and special events. Proof coins often become the catalysts for many Americans to enter the hobby of coin collecting. With proof coins there is always something for everybody, with a wide variety of dates and labels to choose from.  With all the American Silver Eagle Proof and Mint Sets we have to offer, there's sure to be something that's right for you and your collection.

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The Liberty Coin Act of 1985

The American Eagle silver bullion coin was authorized by Congress in the Liberty Coin Act of 1985. This legislation was conceived and enacted to provide investors with a safe, simple means for investing in precious metals. The American Silver Eagle coins from the United States Mint were first minted in 1986 and issued with date marks on the obverse side of the coin.

Collecting Proof Silver Eagles

Some collectors try to put together a complete set of Proof American Silver Eagle coins by acquiring a coin from every given date, from 1986 to the present. Historically, coin sets have performed much higher than individual coins, as they take time and effort to build proof sets. American Eagle Silver Proof Coins are in demand and often fetch high premiums.  Graded Proofs from NGC or PCGS, in a perfect 70 or near-perfect 69 grades fetch higher premiums than ungraded proof coins. The great collections of tomorrow are built on today's finest proof coins, and the highest valued Silver Eagle Collection consist of Graded Certified coins. American Eagles are one of the most widely traded silver coins in the world due in part to their backing for weight and purity by the United States government.

Picturesque Proof Finish

Silver Eagle Proof coins have highly polished, mirror-like surfaces, with sharp contrast and bold, sharp details.  A "Cameo," finish has a frosted designs with contrasting mirrored finishes in the background. A Cameo finish can be very rare on some older rare coins. Cameo coins have a spectacular reflective effect so the softly frosted detailed images almost float above the coin’s surface. A "proof" specimen coin is specially minted which causes an obvious change in the visual presence. Intricately engraved special dies that are specially polished and treated to ensure a perfect proof finish. Polished burnished coin blanks, known as a planchet, are hand-fed into a hydraulic coin presses, and struck at a slower speed with extra pressure, several times to bring out the coin’s details. Multiple strikes ensure that the precious metal is forced into all the crevices of the die, producing very fine image detail, which is absent on business strike coins.  All proof coins are individually inspected with protective gloves, for quality and strike before they are released. Any imperfections caused by production issues are discarded and the silver is recycled. Proof coins never touch another coin and are carefully handled to preserve their exceptional finish.  Today’s use of modern high-tech minting equipment and manufacturing processes mint perfect proof coins every time, with deeply mirrored surfaces contrasted with frosted cameo designs. There are Reverse Proof Cameo finishes where the device is mirrored and the fields are frosted.