The new era of the iconic silver eagle has landed! These coins are Hand Signed by Emily Damstra and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso.
The new Type-2 reverse depicts a beautifully detailed eagle in flight preparing to land, with a branch of oak clutched in its talons.
The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States first released November 24, 1986. American Silver eagles are only struck in the one-troy ounce size, which has a face value of one dollar and is guaranteed to contain one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. The Silver American Eagle coins were minted at the San Francisco Mint from 1986 – 1992. From 1993 – 2000 the coins were minted in the Philadelphia Mint. In 2001 the Silver Eagle production moved to West Point where the minting is still done today. Adolph A. Weinman designed the obverse known as The Walking Liberty and Emily Damstra designed the reverse.
Emily Damstra earned an M.F.A. in science illustration from the University of Michigan and embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator. She creates zoological, botanical, anthropological, ecological and paleontological illustrations for diverse clients.
She notes that working on the reverse for the American Silver Eagle was a unique opportunity to leave a lasting impression on a beloved coin. “It was with great care and consideration that I undertook the assignment to design the reverse side of the American Eagle one ounce silver coin, aware that many coin collectors revere the classic Walking Liberty design by Adolph A. Weinman on the obverse. I knew that it would be a challenge to follow the lead of John Mercanti, the United States Mint sculptor and engraver (and later United States Mint chief engraver) who created the original reverse design — a superb rendering of a heraldic eagle.”
2021 American Eagle Silver Coin Program – reverse
2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program – Massachusetts reverse
2020 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve reverse
2019 American Innovation $1 Coin Program – Georgia reverse
2019 Native American $1 Coin – reverse
2019 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness reverse
2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program – Common obverse
2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program – Common reverse
2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Program – Silver obverse
2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Program – Silver reverse
Michael Gaudioso is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art in New York City.
From 1995 to 1999, he studied sculpture at the prestigious Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is a classically trained draftsman and sculptor and taught figure drawing at Villanova University.
Prior to joining the United States Mint’s sculpting-engraving department in 2009, Gaudioso worked as a master painter and designer for America’s oldest and largest stained glass studio, Willet Hauser.
He resides in South Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.
Design and Sculpting Credits
2018 Native American $1 Coin – reverse
2015 Presidential $1 Coins – Lyndon B. Johnson obverse
2014 Presidential $1 Coins – Warren G. Harding obverse
2011 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Lucretia Garfield reverse
2011 Montford Point Marines Congressional Gold Medal – obverse