The Fascinating Story Behind Silver Eagle Mintage by Year

The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States. It was first released in 1986 and has since become one of the most popular coins in the world. The coin is produced by the United States Mint and is composed of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver. Every year, the mintage of Silver Eagles varies, making them highly sought after by collectors and investors alike. Here’s a look at the fascinating story behind Silver Eagle mintage by year.

Early Years: 1986-1995

The first American Silver Eagles were minted in 1986 with a mintage of 5,393,005 coins. This was followed by a steady increase in production over the next few years, reaching a peak of 11,442,335 coins in 1989. The 1990s saw a slight decline in production as demand for silver dropped due to economic conditions at the time. However, production remained relatively steady throughout this period with an average mintage of around 8 million coins per year.

Modern Era: 1996-Present

In 1996, demand for silver began to increase again and the mintage of Silver Eagles skyrocketed to 20 million coins that year. This trend continued throughout the 2000s with an average mintage of around 20 million coins per year until 2008 when it reached an all-time high of 34,662,500 coins due to increased investment demand for silver during the financial crisis. Since then, production has remained relatively consistent with an average mintage of around 15 million coins per year.

Collecting Silver Eagles

Silver Eagles are highly sought after by both collectors and investors alike due to their beauty and collectability. Collectors often focus on collecting certain years or mint marks while investors typically focus on buying low-mintage years or rare varieties such as proof or reverse proof coins. No matter what type of collector you are, there is something for everyone when it comes to collecting Silver Eagles.

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