John Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, (Ret.)

John Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, (Ret.)

Mar 29th 2020

Posted by LCR Coin

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.

It is for this reason the Proof American Silver Eagles in perfect PF70 condition signed by John Mercanti are the most sought after and prized modern graded coins available in the market.

At LCR Coin we take immense pride in offering these coins available signed for every year of issue and every year of future issues as your collection grows. We exclusively offer the complete set up to the current year including the 1995-W, the rarest coin in the issue.

If you are a collector of modern graded U.S. Mint coins in perfect PF70 condition you owe it to yourself to shop here. We carry a complete line of U.S. Mint products in gold, silver, platinum and palladium as well as a large inventory of graded U.S. rare coins in PCGS and NGC certified graded holders that changes daily. Come check our inventory often and see what’s new at LCR Coin.