2011 marks the 26th coin in the American Eagle Program...the world's most popular Silver Coin! Each January, the U.S. Mint releases the new editions of the legendary Silver Eagle, the world's most sought after precious metal coin. Due to the increased movement in silver prices, these are the hottest coins on the market today. The Mint is still trying to keep up with demand. The Silver Eagle is the largest, heaviest and purest silver coin in U.S. history. It is struck with one full ounce of .9993 pure American silver, it is even larger and heavier than the legendary Morgan Silver Dollar. What's more, is not only is it cherished for it's precious metal content, but also for its beautiful design of Lady Liberty wrapped in the American Flag. It is a true classic that was first used on Silver Half Dollars from 1916-1947 and is one of the greatest symbols of American freedom.