The American Eagle Silver Proof Coin is a collector version of the official United States Mint American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin. Each coin contains one ounce of .999 fine silver. Each silver proof coin is extraordinarily brilliant, has a sharp relief, a mirror-like background, and frosted, sculpted foregrounds giving them a special cameo effect. Proof blanks are specially treated, polished and cleaned to ensure high-quality strikes. Each coin also bears the "W" mint mark reflecting its striking at the United States Mint facility at West Point. Each coin is packaged in a blue velvet, satin-lined presentation case and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the Director of the United States Mint.
The obverse design features an ever-hopeful Lady Liberty striding confidently toward the sunrise, draped in the strength of the Stars and Stripes carrying in her arms branches of laurel and oak to symbolize both civil and military glory.
The reverse design, by 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.