What Kinds of Silver Coins Are Available?


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As of 2015, the U.S. Mint produces a one-ounce American Eagle Silver Dollar. The U.S. Mint also offers commemorative and collectible silver proof coins that vary each year. A variety of old silver coins, ranging from three-cent pieces to dollar coins, are also available from dealers and collectors.

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Since 1986, the U.S. Mint has produced the one-ounce American Eagle Silver Dollar, which is available as a proof and bullion coin. Proofs are available directly the U.S. Mint, while bullion coins must be purchased from a dealer. Proof coins are struck at least twice and created specifically for collectors. The multiple strikes create more detailed and intricate images on each side of the coin. Bullion coins are created for investors who are interested in the inherent value of the metal used to make the coin, and they are only struck once.

In addition to the American Eagle Silver Dollar, the U.S. Mint typically produces silver proof sets for collectors, which include silver versions of standard coins and special releases. From 2014, a proof set contains a penny, nickel, dime, Kennedy half-dollar and Native American one dollar. The set also has silver versions of the Presidential dollar coins and the American the Beautiful Quarters. For 2015, the U.S. Mint produced a 225th anniversary silver dollar coin for the U.S. Marshals Service.

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