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2008 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin Available January 3rd, 2008


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I was thinking of getting a 2007 Silver proof or uncirculated coin, but keep jumping back and forth with it actually being worth it in the long run. Just a kind of commemorative for my new interest in coins which started in 2007.



2008 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin Available January 3


WASHINGTON -Sales of the 2008 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin will open at 12:00 noon (ET) on January 3, 2008, the United States Mint announced today. This year's coin is offered at $31.95. There is no production limit for this product, or mintage limit for this coin.


The American Eagle Silver Proof Coin, available in the one-ounce size, bears the distinctive "W" mint mark denoting production at the United States Mint at West Point. Each coin, containing 99.9 percent silver, is sealed in a protective capsule and housed in a satin-lined velvet presentation case. A Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the Director of the United States Mint, accompanies the coin.


Since its debut in 1986, the obverse of the American Eagle Silver Proof Coin has featured the full-length image of Liberty designed by Adolph A. Weinman. Liberty is rendered in full-stride with her right hand extended and carrying branches of laurel and oak in her left. The reverse of the coin, designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti, features the heraldic eagle clutching an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left.


To view or download an image of the 2008 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin, go to: http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?...oto#silverProof


Customers can purchase the 2008 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin at the United States Mint's secure Web site, www.usmint.gov, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing-impaired or speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). All domestic orders will be assessed a $4.95 shipping and handling fee per order.


The American Eagle Silver Proof Coin is included in the United States Mint's Online Subscription Program. Customers who enroll in the program experience the convenience of having each new coin charged and shipped automatically as it becomes available. Visit www.usmint.gov for more information about this convenient ordering method.


Contact: Press inquiries: Michael White (202) 354-7222

Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)



Taken from: http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?...ease&ID=855

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New Year Brings Rehubbed American Silver Eagle

Posted by Justin Katz, NGC Numismatic Quality Control on 1/9/2008


As 2008 begins many yearly products are released, such as the American Silver Eagles from the United States Mint. The reveal of the 2008 Silver Eagle has caused enthusiasts of this series to take note of its subtly modified design.


When compared to the 2007 American Silver Eagle, the 2008 issue has many noticeable design changes. In order to make changes in the design of the American Silver Eagle, the United States Mint must create new hubs. A hub contains a raised image or relief of a coin’s design and is impressed into steel to created new dies. Dies have an incused image of the coin’s design and are used in the actual striking of coins. This year, NGC believes, the US Mint transitioned from traditional engraved hubs – made from reducing a hand engraved galvano – to laser engraved hubs.


During the transition process, sometimes referred to as rehubbing, several design changes were made with an emphasis on the lettering on both sides of the coin. The letters on the 2008 Silver Eagle are taller and skinnier, filling the fields more so than in previous years.


Many of the lettering changes can be seen on the obverse:


1. The L in LIBERTY has an angled feature to the foot rather than two straight lines forming the letter. The foot of the letter is also shorter than prior years.

2. The E of LIBERTY is also quite different in that the center portion extends to be in line with the upper extension of the letter. On prior years, the center stem does not extend to the length of the upper stem.

3. The G of GOD has no serif.

4. Probably the most obvious and interesting redesign effect is the U of TRUST as well as the U of UNITED on the coin’s reverse. On the 2008 issues the U is shaped as a small case “u” would be. That is, it shows the down stroke on the right side of the letter.

5. The date is much smaller on the 2008 than on the 2007 dated American Silver Eagle


On the reverse, one of the most obvious differences from previous years can be found in the stars above the eagle. On the 2008 American Silver Eagle, the stars appear flatter, slightly larger and closer together. They also occupy more space of the design, that is their overall arrangement is larger. Other notable changes to the reverse legends include the following:


1. The letters of 1 OZ. FINE SILVER ~ ONE DOLLAR are all taller and actually sit closer to the rim than in previous years.

2. The tilde, ~, is also markedly different in shape than on prior years’ issues.


The 2008 issue, of course, is not alone in design changes. Looking carefully at American Silver Eagles from prior years, a number of styles changes will be noticed. The most obvious is a change to the finish of these coins which ranges from a shinny surface used early in the series to the matte finish of today. For collectors, it is exciting to know that even though the coins are similar year to year, they can look forward to minor changes that only a specialist might recognize.




Taken from: http://www.ngccoin.com/news/viewarticle.aspx?IDArticle=955

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