Silver and Platinum: The other American Eagle Coins
The Gold Eagle coins are really the ones that belong in an art museum. Augustus Saint-Gaudens really was a one of a kind artist, who treated his coin designs with the same love and attention to detail he treated his sculptures.
But you know, the Silver Eagle is nothing to sneeze at, either. The Gold Eagle may be widely considered the most beautiful coin ever minted in the US, but the Silver Eagle is considered, at least, the most beautiful silver coin ever minted in the US, so I figured it was worth noting just to make sure it’s not being overlooked.
Designed by Adolph Weinman, the image on the head of the coin depicts Lady Liberty walking from the sunset. This image debuted on the 1916 half dollar coin.
This coin seems to be most popular for working and middle class investors, as it’s more affordable than the Gold Eagle, so it’s easier to buy and trade the coin in large quantities. Although, savvy investors of any scale would be wise to look into the Silver Eagles, because, as I always say, it’s a good idea to keep your options open. You want to be just as prepared for the ups and downs in silver and platinum as you are for the ups and downs in gold.
Before we close this entry, I’ll mention the Platinum Eagles. These are actually the most popular platinum bullion coins in the world. The artwork might not strike you (if you’ll pardon the pun) quite as immediately as the gold and silvers, displaying the Statue of Liberty’s face, rather than a bold image of the Lady walking from the horizon, the sun behind her, but it’s an attractive design, nonetheless. Designed by John M. Mercanti, the coin contains 99.95% pure platinum and bears a face value of $100. Given the current value of platinum, this is definitely a coin worth investing in.
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