John Mercanti produced more coin and medal designs than any other employee in the history of the U.S. Mint. He designed the American Eagle platinum obverse and American Silver Eagle Reverse. His name now is listed with other notable U.S. Mint Designers and Chief Engravers such as, Gobrecht, Christian, Charles Barber, George Morgan, Augustus Saint Gaudens, Bela Lyon Pratt, James Earle Fraser and Victor David Brenner.
The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States first released November 24, 1986. Its content, weight, and purity are guaranteed by the United States Mint. In addition to the bullion version, the United States Mint has produced a proof version.
The design on the coin's obverse was taken from the "Walking Liberty", which originally had been used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. The reverse was designed by John Mercanti and portrays a heraldic eagle behind a shield.
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