About American Eagles

At Best Collectible Coins, you will find an extensive inventory of the 1986 inaugural edition of the American Eagle, End of WWII Anniversary Coins, 2020 and 2021 American Eagles.  

 Most are graded at a 70 out of 70 on the Sheldon Scale.  We are proud to sell a large collection of Special Labels and Hand-Signed Eagles. These coins, signed by some of the most prestigious dignitaries in US Mint history, are the rarest and most valuable collectible coins.

 Why Collect/Invest in American Silver Eagles?

Each coin is a work of art in its grace and beauty.

The American Silver Eagle bullion coins may be used to fund Individual Retirement Account investments. These silver dollars are a great investment as collectors flock to this rare coin.

 No collection is complete without the 1986, 2020 W  End of WWII 75th Anniversary Coin and Medal Program, the 2020 and 2021 American Silver Eagles. 

History of the American Eagle

Rich in history, the creation of the Eagles was perhaps the most important development in the coin world.

 As the official silver bullion coin of the United States, the American Eagle was released by the US Mint on November 24, 1986.  In 1985, James Baker, Secretary of the Treasury during the Reagan administration.  He signed the “Liberty Coin Act”. 

Since its first release, the iconic design of these beautiful gems is known as the most beloved and most sought-after US Coin ever minted. 

The Eagles have been minted in all three mints, Philadelphia, San Francisco and West Point.

American Silver Eagle Design

The design of the obverse side was taken from the Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty Half Dollar from 1916-1947.  The obverse is inscribed with the year of minting, the word LIBERTY and the phrase IN GOD WE TRUST.

The reverse side, designed by John Mercanti, portrays the heraldic eagle behind a shield.  The eagle is grasping an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left talon.  Above the eagle are thirteen five-pointed stars representing the Thirteen Colonies.  It is inscribed with the phrases United States of America, 1 oz. FINE SILVER-ONE DOLLAR E PLURIBUS UNUM on the banner that the eagle holds in its beak.  

The reverse of the American Silver Eagle will be redesigned in 2021.  The anticipation of this monumental event is soaring.


At BCC, we sell primarily NGC and PCGS graded coins.

NUMASTATIC GUARANTY CORPORATION (NGC) has certified over 47 million coins making it one of the most respecting grading services.  NGC has been the official grading service of the American Numismatic Association since 1995.  Certification by NGC helps to determine the relative rarity and therefore the value of each coin it grades. 

PROFESSIONAL COIN GRADING SERVICE (PCGS) is a coin grading, authentication, attribution and encapsulation service was founded in 1985.  This was perfect timing to begin its grading service as the American Eagle was minted for the first time.


In 1974, John Mercanti began his work for the US Mint as an assistant sculptor and engraver.  While designing the American Eagle, there was a competition for the honor of designing the reverse side.  In 1985, the Commission of the Fine Arts selected John Mercanti’s design to grace the reverse side of the new coin. The 2021 Type 1 Silver Eagle was the last one to use the Mercanti design. 

In mid-2021, Mercanti’s rendition of the heraldic eagle will be replaced by a new reverse design.  As the excitement grew, the demand for 2021 Type 1 and the newly released design.  This was the only time that the US Mint produced two designs in the same year.  This new 2021 is sure to be a legendary year for collectors.

Miles Standish, Jim Peed and Edward Moy autographs are also favorite hand signed American Silver Eagles