Talk:American Silver Eagle

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This section is confusing. The terms are not defined. What is interesting is the price of American Eagles. There are prices for the rarer proofs discussed, but not the basic price of the mass of the coins which are bought be investors, not collectors, as bullion. My local coin dealer is currently selling them for the spot silver price + $6. That's a much higher premium than a year ago, but they are in high demand. Still that equates for $15 a coin today. This type of pricing should be explained in the article I think. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:23, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

Milk Spots[edit]

Article is lacking any info on milkspot problems. -Colquhoun- —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:37, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Troy ounce[edit]

The troy ounce is 31.103 476 8 g, not 28 g. - Alban 2005-04-07 19:18 UTC

Thirteen stars[edit]

Does anyone know why there are 13 stars?

I don't know this for a fact, but it's probably for the same reason as the thirteen stripes in the U.S. flag: The thirteen original States. - Alban 2005-04-08 17:21 UTC
It may also refer to the Thirteen Colonies, though the distinction between that and the thirteen original States is mostly pedantic. Markkawika 01:49, 9 November 2005 (UTC)

Video with this coin[edit]

This site: [Video] has a video with these coins.Agre22 (talk) 13:55, 17 November 2009 (UTC)agre22

5 oz. American Eagle[edit]

About 20 years ago I remember seeing a larger 5 oz. version of the silver American Eagle but can not find any info on them. Can you provide who minted it and if it was issued by the government like the highly known 1 oz silver American Eagle? —Preceding unsigned comment added by John ramage (talkcontribs) 17:48, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

I don't know who minted the coins/medals you are asking about, but they were not issued by the United States Mint. You might be referring to something like the ones on the APMEX site but notice they do not have a dollar value on them (i.e. not U.S. coins). The only silver bullion coins issued by the United States as of January 2010 are the American Silver Eagle coins. Later in 2010, the Mint will be issuing 5 oz. silver coins (America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins). Diiscool (talk) 04:15, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

Usage of Chicago Manual of Style[edit]

This article didn't seem to use any standard manual of style for citations so I changed everything to follow The Chicago Manual of Style. Diiscool (talk) 22:29, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

On second thought, maybe it would just be easier to use the Wikipedia citation templates. For example Template:Cite web. Diiscool (talk) 03:08, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

"may be used to fund an IRA" ?[edit]

"The American Silver Eagle bullion coin may be used to fund Individual Retirement Account investments.[1]" The cited reference does not state this, and I believe it to be untrue.

Kermit2 (talk) 21:17, 30 April 2010 (UTC)

On page 47 of IRS Publication 590 it says "Your IRA can invest in one, one-half, one-quarter, or one-tenth ounce U.S. gold coins, or one-ounce silver coins minted by the Treasury Department." The American Silver Eagle is the only one-ounce coin currently (April 30, 2010) minted by the United States Treasury Department. This article explains a little more. As with any investment, retirement, or tax issue, one should talk to a professional for more information. —Diiscool (talk) 01:26, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Gross Weight[edit]

The weight is currently listed as: "31.101 g (1.00 troy oz)" But there are 31.1035 grams in a troy ounce. A few other articles have this same problem.

Also, it isn't stated if this is gross weight or silver weight (since the coin is .03% copper). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:23, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

I changed the weight to 31.103 g which is what the authorizing legislation stipulates. Thanks for pointing this out. Not sure about the other point of your question but it is probably gross weight since it is not specified otherwise. — Diiscool (talk) 23:27, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
The legislation also stipulates .999 purity, not .9993. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:16, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
Indeed. I couldn't quickly find any reference that stated 99.93% so I changed the article. Thanks for your sharp eye. — Diiscool (talk) 13:37, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

Effect of recession on availability, 2008–2010[edit]

The shortage of silver blanks in 2008 was not because of increased demand for precious metals in general. Indeed, the price of silver FELL to around $9/oz because margin calls in stock market accounts forced speculators to disgorge silver to raise cash. The shortage of bullion coin blanks occurred because small investors (such as myself) clamored to buy bullion coins during the "half price sale" that resulted from the stock market crash. The manufacturers of the blanks just couldn't keep up.

Thanks for pointing that out. I changed the sentence to clarify that it was demand for bullion coins specifically, as the cited article indicates. —Diiscool (talk) 13:31, 1 October 2010 (UTC)
I would also point out that the "hedge against inflation" rationale was at the time (2008) suspect also. The most savvy investors anticipated the brief episode of deflation that actually occurred in the broad money supply despite the base money supply being pumped extravagantly by the Fed ("pushing on a string"). I think the "wisdom of crowds" simply identified a bargain. Jive Dadson (talk) 17:59, 2 October 2010 (UTC)

Premium to dealers raised to $2.00[edit]

I was first alerted to the premium increase by APMEX, a very large dealer in bullion coins. Unfortunately for Wikipedia, it came in an email. There is no doubt it's true, but the mint says nothing about it on their web pages that I can find. Observation: APMEX and others sell generic rounds of the same purity as Silver Eagles for a premium as low as $0.79 retail. Jive Dadson (talk) 17:56, 2 October 2010 (UTC)

I, too, received the APMEX email. I agree that it's more than likely true and I'm sure APMEX got an official communication from the Mint about it. I will try to search the Federal Register more this week as I think we need to cite something that is more reliable than a commercial blog or the like. Let's see what comes this week.—Diiscool (talk) 13:38, 3 October 2010 (UTC)
I added in the $2.00 premium using this article as a citation. —Diiscool (talk) 00:42, 4 October 2010 (UTC)