The American Eagle Silver Dollars have been produced every year since 1986. These pure silver bullion coins have been produced at the West Point Mint in New York since 2001. Please note that not all of American Silver Eagles contain the W mint mark, only the Proof Eagles have the W mint mark, the regular-strike Uncirculated Silver Eagles do not display the W. These coins are prized for their beautiful design and silver content and have become a very popular collectible in recent years. In fact, some MS70 American Eagles are now worth thousands. Each Silver Eagle contains one full ounce of .999 investment grade silver bullion, making these beautiful coins America's largest and heaviest silver dollar.These "Inaugural Strike" specimens are exclusive and are guaranteed to be from the first day of release at the Mint (when the dies are the freshest). They are a limited edition of just 588 coins which will be professionally sealed and certified in perfect MS70 condition by ANACS, America's oldest coin grading. Collectors prefer these highest-grade MS70 specimens as they tend to appreciate more in value. The 1996 MS70 Eagle now sells for $5,000 and even the more recent 2004 MS70 Eagle is now fetching $500! These perfect high-grade 2001 Silver Eagles were struck the very same day the twin towers were hit. Also specimens set the standard for American-made coinage. Featuring a rendition of A.A. Weinman's famous "Walking Liberty" figure, the Silver Eagle's breathtakingly beautiful design is a tribute to American spirit and freedom. The Public Can't Buy These Coins Direct From The Mint Please note that you cannot buy these coins directly from the Mint–millions will be scrambling for the new 2001 Silver Eagles.