The New American Silver Eagle Comes In For a Landing
The new Silver Eagle reverse design is the work of Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Emily Damstra and was sculpted by Mint Medallic Artist Michael Gaudioso. It displays a full image of a Bald Eagle coming in for a landing with an oak branch held in its talons as if to add to its nest. As the second design for 2021, these Silver Eagles coins have been given a Type 2 pedigree to differentiate them from the Type 1 coins that bear the original Mercanti Heraldic Eagle reverse design. It also represents a monumental year for the Silver Eagle Series with both a first AND a last in the same year of the Mint’s most popular coin!
About the Artists:
A native of the Great Lakes region, Damstra has many U.S. coin designs to her credit, including designs for the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, the American Innovation $1 Program, the 2019 & 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program, and the 2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Program.
Gaudioso joined the Mint’s sculpting-engraving department in 2009 and has been involved in dozens of coin and medal programs, including the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program, the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Medals, the First Spouse Coin & Medals, and Presidential $1 Coins.
A Pair of New Added Features
With the new Silver Eagle comes a pair of new features. First is an enhanced security feature consisting of an anti-counterfeit reeded edge instituted by the Mint for the first time. This feature incorporates small gaps within the edge. The next new addition are the initials of Adolph Weinman, designer of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar struck from 1916 to 1947 and the design used for the obverse of the Silver Eagle. This marks the first time Weinman’s initials have been added to the coin and they appear directly under the “In God We Trust” motto on the coin’s obverse.
Flawless Type 2 Silver Eagles
Each 2021 Type 2 Silver Eagle available in the offer has been graded by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) as being in flawless Mint State-70 (MS70) condition, a distinction that means these perfectly-graded coins have ZERO imperfections — showing all features and fields exactly as the engraver and mint intended. In addition, PCGS has further certified that these Silver Eagles are First Strike (FS) coins, a designation that means they were received by PCGS or an PCGS-approved depository within the first 30 days of their release. Collectors seek out these coins because they are produced with new dies and considered to have sharper strikes and deeper mirrors than those that are struck later. Each will also come sonically sealed in an acrylic holder with an American Flag label.