1989 American Silver Eagle Coins
The 1989 American Silver Eagle Coins marked the fourth year for the series of coins which debuted in 1986 as part of the Liberty Coin Act.
|Mintage: 5,203,327 Bullion, 617,694 Proof
Authorizing Coin Law
U.S. Mint Online Site
Opposite of the previous year, both the Bullion 1989 American Silver Eagles and the proof 1989-S American Silver Eagles increased their annual mintage from that of 1988. The drastic drop in the average price of the silver contained within the coins may have had some part in the elevated interest.
For the year, the average cost of an ounce of the precious metal came in at $5.51. This was a decline of $1.02 from where it stood in 1988 at $6.53 an ounce. As the price of silver dropped, investors may have been more interested in the coins to add to their portfolio.
1989 Silver Eagle Mintage
Bullion Silver Eagle Mintage
1989-dated Bullion Silver Eagles showed an increase from the previous year of 198,681, coming in at 5,203,327. This was a jump of almost 4%.
Shown below is a month by month breakdown of the number of Bullion Eagles sold during the year. (The numbers may include coins minted in other years.):
Bullion Silver Eagles Sold in 1989
January 416,000 July 150,000 February 700,000 August 365,000 March 1,755,000 September 545,000 April 325,000 October 450,000 May 500,000 November 350,000 June 460,000 December 150,000
Proof Silver Eagle Mintage
The US Mint indicates it sold a total of 617,694 of the 1989-Dated Proof Silver Eagles. This was an increase of 60,324 from 1988, or up 10.8%.
The 1989 Silver Eagles were the fourth annual strikes of the Eagle Program which debuted in 1986.
The 1989 Eagles were available for a majority of the year.
Prices on the Proof Silver Eagles remained the same from the previous year – $23 a coin. Bullion Eagles were sold by the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for a small premium above the spot price of the ounce of silver contained within them.
U.S. Mint Production Facility
The US Mint struck both the bullion and the proof Silver Eagles at its facility in San Francisco. However, only the proof coin contains the ‘S’ mintmark.
Designer & Sculptor
The obverse (heads side) of the Silver Eagles contain a design by Adolph A. Weinman. Known as the "Walking Liberty" design, it was first seen on the 1916-1947 half dollar. The reverse (tails side) shows a heraldic eagle as designed by John Mercanti.
|Composition:||99.93% Ag, 00.07% Cu|
|Standard Weight:||31.103 g|
|Standard Diameter:||40.60 mm|
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