The Silver Eagle mintage is an American Eagle Silver Coin. These coins are the official silver bullion coins of the United States produced by the U.S. Mint. The American Eagle program was authorized by Congress in 1985 and began production in 1986.
American Eagles are struck in three formats: bullion, proof and uncirculated. American Eagle bullion coins are sold to investors through a network of wholesalers, coin dealers and other authorized purchasers. They are intended for investors seeking a way to add a small amounts of physical silver to their portfolios. American Eagle proof coins and uncirculated coins are sold directly to the public, and they are intended for collectors.