This 2013 Silver Eagle NGC MS70 Set of Three Early Release Coins along with a handsome hardcover book 'American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Program by John Mercanti' is a dream come true for coin collectors!
As this iconic design had been a public favorite and one of the most beloved designs of any United States coinage of modern times, silver or otherwise, it was revived for the Silver Eagle decades later. The obverse is inscribed with the year of minting or issuance, the word Liberty, and the phrase In God We Trust. The reverse was designed by John Mercanti and portrays a heraldic eagle behind a shield; the eagle grasps an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left talon, echoing the Great Seal of the United States; above the eagle are thirteen five-pointed stars representing the Thirteen Colonies. The reverse is inscribed with the phrase United States of America, 1 oz. Fine Silver One Dollar, and E Pluribus Unum (on the banner that the eagle holds in its beak), as well as the mintmark if applicable.
As a bonus, you will also receive American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Program by John Mercanti (Hardcover, 154 numbered pages, 8.6" x 11.1" x 0.8").
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The United States Mint began the American Eagle coin program in 1986. American Eagles are struck each year in silver, gold, and, since 1997, platinum bullion. The Silver Eagle is only available in a $1 denomination. As genuine legal tender, it is the only silver bullion coin whose weight and purity are guaranteed by the United States Government. Each silver coin contains a minimum of one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. The Gold Eagle comes in $5, $10, $25, and $50 denominations with the values representing 1/10, 1/4, 1/2, and 1 ounce of gold, respectively. The Platinum Eagle is struck in denominations of $10, $25, $50, and $100 with values representing 1/10, 1/4, 1/2, and 1 ounce of platinum, respectively. American Eagles are available in both Proof and Uncirculated strikes.
The Silver Eagle obverse features Adolph Weinman's classic "Liberty Walking" design which shows Lady Liberty mid-step, draped in the American flag with her right arm extended toward the sun and olive branches cradled in her left arm. The Gold Eagle obverse offers a design inspired by the 1907 $20 gold piece created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens with Lady Liberty standing at the center in front of the sun, holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left hand. The Platinum Eagle obverse shows the head and crown of the Statue of Liberty. The reverse design for regular strikes of the Platinum Eagle is a bald eagle flying in front of the sun. The reverse design for Proof strikes varies by year, but each includes a representation of an eagle somewhere in the image.