The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States. First issued in November of 1986, the coin was originally released as part of the American Eagle Bullion Program. This program was designed to utilize the national stockpile of both silver and gold. A bullion coin is valued by its weight in a specific precious metal.
The Mercury dime series began in 1916 and ran until 1945. Adolph A. Weinman’s design featured lady liberty adorned with a winged cap. The wings were to represent freedom of thought but the design was misinterpreted by many to be a rendition of the roman god Mercury who famously wore a winged helmet. Struck in 90% silver these are highly collectable in Brilliant Uncirculated grade.
The Shield Nickel was first minted in 1866 and was designed by James E. Longacre. The original design of the reverse displayed a ring of rays and stars around the number five. This design element was change part way through 1867 when the rays were removed. The series ran until 1883 when it was replaced by the Liberty Nickel. The Shield Nickel is also the first official Nickel of the United States!