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The American Eagle (2013)

About the American Eagle

American Silver Eagle

One of the most recognized and sought after coins by international collectors is the American Silver Eagle. With its iconic eagle on the back face, and walking liberty on the front, the coin is easily distinguished among the coins of other nations. American Eagles come in gold, platinum, and silver issues.

They are known for their purity, refinement and detail, and as an international bullion standard. The 2013 Silver American Eagle is a 99.9% pure silver, 1 troy oz. proof coin, with a denomination of $1 USD – though they are actually worth the price of a silver troy ounce. The Silver Eagle is 1.58 inches in diameter, with a thickness of .117 inches, and weight of 31.1 grams. American Eagles in the silver category do not have a mintage limit, and are usually produced until demand is met.

Here is the description of the American Eagle design, from the US Mint website:

The obverse design features Adolph A. Weinman’s walking Liberty striding confidently toward the sunrise, draped in the strength of the Stars and Stripes, carrying branches of laurel and oak in her arms to symbolize both civil and military glory.

The reverse design, by former United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti, features a striking heraldic eagle with shield, olive branch in the right talon and arrows in the left.

It is the reverse design by John Mercanti, the iconic American eagle that most investors recognize on this coin – hence, the American Eagle the nickname was coined. This eagle design was adopted by the mint in 1986. The front design of the walking liberty was introduced to the coin in 1916, and has remained in place since.

GB2_zoom_front Case for the American Eagle

(All images courtesy of the US Mint website)

The Effect of the Financial Crisis on Availability

One of the reasons investors purchase bullion coins, as well as gold and silver bullion, is as a hedge against economic uncertainty. That became apparent during the 2008 to 2010 Financial Crisis, when demand for American Silver Eagles exceeded supply:

As a result of the global recession, the demand from investors for bullion coins as a hedge against inflation and economic downturn surged. This increased demand began to affect the availability of American Silver Eagle bullion coins in February 2008 when sales to authorized dealers were suspended temporarily. In March 2008, sales increased nine-fold from the month before (from 200,000 to 1,855,000). In April 2008, the United States Mint began an allocation program, effectively rationing Silver Eagle bullion coins to authorized dealers on a weekly basis due to “unprecedented demand. (Wikipedia, American Silver Eagle,

The American Silver Eagle is not only a standard for any serious coin collector, but also a hedge against economic uncertainty and times of crisis. Canadian coin collectors, can also get the American Silver Eagle through The Fabulous 15 (2013) series, we featured last week.

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The Fabulous 15 (2013)

The World’s Most Famous Silver Coins!

The Fabulous 15

The Royal Canadian Mint, has released an incredible silver coin collector series aptly named The Fabulous 15. This special collector set includes an iconic 1oz silver proof coin, one from 15 countries. Each of these coins is respected and sought after by collectors and bullion investors worldwide!

Each month, upon your original subscription, the Royal Canadian Mint will ship one of these coins directly to your home. The Fabulous 15 represents an excellent way for both newbie and experienced investors, to build an international coin collection. In fact, I’m probably going to be ordering this set as my initial foray into silver coin collecting!

The Fabulous 15 collection offers you some of the most respected and highest quality silver coins from around the world. Each coin is an official legal tender of a major coin-issuing nation. Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, and others nations are included. The Royal Canadian Mint makes it easy to get a world-class collection of silver coins, and shipping has already started since May 2013. This is an iconic silver coin collection. Don’t miss out!

Benefits of Subscription

The coins sell as a “subscription” which is an excellent way to build a silver proof coin set, from each of the world’s leading coin-producing nations.  Rather than having to purchase each coin separately, the subscription allows you to receive each coin monthly, and at a substantial discount. Here are the benefits you get by subscribing to The Fabulous 15 coin collection:

  • No need to shop for each international coin individually.
  • Authenticity and quality is guaranteed by the Royal Canadian Mint.
  • Exclusive collection limited to only 10,000 complete sets worldwide.
  • Each coin is a 1oz 99.9% pure silver, proof coin.
  • You get a substantial discount for the 1st coin, the Silver Maple Leaf.
  • Pay as you go – Build your affordable coin collection monthly one coin at a time.
  • Free display box, upon purchase of your third coin.
  • Exclusive Royal Canadian Mint watch, upon purchase of your fifth coin.

m1630111_Fab15_MapleLeaf_388The Canadian Maple Leaf

The first coin of the Fabulous 15 is the Royal Canadian Mint’s iconic 1oz Silver Maple Leaf. This is one of the world’s most famous silver coins, due to its silver purity. This particular coin comes with an exclusive privy mark, F15, available only in this collection.  In addition, as part of this series, this iconic Maple Leaf is also being sold at a substantial discount price of $59.95. This is a substantial $35 discount from the $94.95 retail issue price, with the added benefit of no HST/ GST being charged.

The UK Britannia and Silver Eagle

The second coin in the Fabulous 15 collection is the United Kingdom’s silver Britannia. It is the largest and purest legal tender coin in the UK. It is sought after by European bullion investors.

The third coin in the Fabulous 15 collection is the American Silver Eagle, also known as the Walking Liberty. It is the world’s most sought after silver coin.


The Royal Canadian Mint makes it easy to get a world-class collection of silver coins. Shipping has already started, so reserve your Fabulous 15 collection today!

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