Why are Hand-Signed Labels sought after by sophisticated collectors? Over time, there has been much interest in the autographs of famous figures in the coin world. Passionate coin collectors take great pleasure in the “hunt” for their treasured autographs signed labels. take much pleasure in finding these rare treasures. It is no surprise that graded coin labels quickly became the favorites of coin collectors from all over the world. Of all the dignitaries in the numismatic world, collectors find John Mercanti signed coin labels to be the most desirable autograph. There are also other popular figures whose signatures also increase the value of graded coins.
In 1974, John Mercanti began his work at the US Mint as an assistant sculptor and engraver. In 1985, an open competition was held by the Commission of the Fine Arts. The winner would design the reverse side of the new 1986 American Silver Eagle. John Mercanti won the contest and designed the beloved Heraldic Eagle found on the reverse side of the coveted American Silver Eagle. The majestic design features its wings spread while holding arrows and an olive branch in each talon with the 13 stars. The text "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "1 OZ. FINE SILVER ~ ONE DOLLAR" appears along the rim. The national motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM" appears on a banner held in the eagle's beak.
Mercanti was appointed as the 12th US Mint Chief Engraver and became the most famous US coin engraver ever. It is no wonder why his autograph is the desirable one to collect. A Mercanti signed label increases the value of the coin substantially. While Mercanti lent his signature to both PCGS and NGC grading services. In 2015, he signed an agreement so that his signature would be exclusively used by NGC.