The American Silver Eagle, first issued in 1986, comes only in the 1 Troy Ounce Size. The coin has a face value of $1, and is 99.9% fine silver bullion. The coin, including its weight and purity, are guaranteed by the US Mint. The American Silver Eagle has been produced by several US Mints, including the Philadelphia, San Francisco and West Point Mints.
The reverse side displays an Eagle behind a shield that is holding a olive branch with his right talons and arrows in the left ones. The 13 stars above the Eagle’s head symbolise the original 13 colonies.
The coin’s mintage has increased dramatically in response to increased demand since the 2008 recession.