2008 marked one of the most exciting and controversial election years in United States History. That same year, the US Mint released its twenty-second installment of the nation’s official silver bullion coin, the American Silver Eagle.
First issued in 1986, the Silver Eagle is composed of one troy ounce of .999 pure silver mined exclusively in the United States. Backed and guaranteed by the government of the United States, these Silver Eagles have been graded Mint State 70 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC).
The obverse of each 2008 ASE features Adolph A. Weinman’s highly popular Walking Liberty design. It was originally used on US Half Dollars from 1916 – 1947. The reverse of each ASE features Chief Engraver John Mercanti’s bald eagle design, which pays homage to the Great Seal of the United States.
MS70 on the Sheldon Grading Scale
Invented by American psychologist and numismatist William Herbert Sheldon, Jr (1898 – 1977), the Sheldon Coin Grading Scale is a 70-point system used to determine the quality of a coin. Reputable grading organizations, especially PCGS and NGC, use the Sheldon Scale to assess a coin’s condition.
A coin graded Mint State 70 means it is in perfect condition. It has maintained its original luster, and there are no signs of handling, scratches or wear of any kind. The coin has a flawless appearance, and very few exist in this condition.
About the NGC
The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation made its debut in 1987, as the need for standardized coin grading grew increasingly important. Since that time, the Florida-based company has worked tirelessly to elevate coin grading standards across the globe.
The third-party grading service is the largest in the world, and it has assessed more than 27 million coins since its inception. As the official coin grading service of the American Numismatic Association, the agency encapsulates each certified coin in a sonically-sealed holder made of inert materials, protecting each one for future generations.
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