American Silver Eagle Collection

Silver American Eagle
Composition.999 silver, .0007 copper
Weight31.101 grams (see Composition)
Diameter40.6 mm
MintsPhiladelphia (P), San Francisco (S), West Point (W)

Learn About American Silver Eagle Dollars

Few coins in America's history can match the unparalleled beauty of the American Eagle silver dollar. First struck by the United States Mint in 1986, the Silver Eagle quickly became a favorite of collectors. And little wonder!

Magnificent Silver American Eagles from the U.S. Mint are the world's best-selling bullion coins – in great demand among collectors and silver enthusiasts for several good reasons... These coins contain one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. They enjoy unrivaled prestige, as well as worldwide acceptance as official United States coins whose purity is backed by the U.S. government.

The beautiful Silver American Eagle has been issued since 1986, and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016.


Big and bold, and weighing one ounce, the Silver American Eagle is our largest silver dollar. Each coin contains 99.9% pure silver, .007 copper and has a net weight of 1 oz. of pure silver. It is 40.6 millimeters or about 1.6 inches in diameter, with a reeded edge (except for a few lettered edge issues).

Ways to Collect

Most people collect the date and mint mark Uncirculated and Proof coins. Proofs were struck at San Francisco from 1986 until 1993 when production moved to Philadelphia, then in 2001, West Point began striking Proof coinage. Philadelphia has struck the Uncirculated versions with no mint mark since the beginning of the series, with West Point taking over in 2001.

To build a quality collection it's best to purchase graded coins from a trusted dealer. One of the easiest ways to build your collection, is to consider joining Littleton's American Eagle Silver Dollar Club. Each month you'll receive a selection of silver eagle dollars for a 15-day examination period in your own home, risk free. You pay for only what you'd like to add to your collection, and simply return the rest at no cost to you. This is a convenient way to see and handle the coins before you buy, and makes a great introduction to the Silver American Eagle series for any collector!

Storage and Display

A complete Uncirculated Silver American Eagle dollar date collection contains over 60 coins (as of 2018) – a good reason to consider your options for storage and display! There are several ways to store your collection: for the first-time collector, our custom Silver American Eagle Dollar albums – 1986-2014 and 2015 to date – may be the easiest and most attractive option. These have labeled spots for each date and mint mark and hold a complete collection in just two volumes.

However, if you crave freedom and want the other special issues, a portfolio coin album with blank Silver Eagle pages will allow you to tailor your collection however you like. You could also begin by collecting just the first year of issue, in which case a direct fit air-tite holder and display case shows off your coin beautifully. For a sophisticated and stylish method of display, there is always the option of a personal presentation case.

Storage is incredibly important – you worked hard on your collection, and it deserves to be beautifully displayed! Find out more about caring for your coins.