Beautiful Proof examples of various coins throughout history.
The reverse proof finish is the first of this type of format on a U.S. coin. However, prior to 2006, many different world coins have been struck with the Reverse Proof format. The designs feature a brilliant mirror like appearance, while the fields display a satin like finish. The 2006 Reverse Proof Silver eagle was produced in order to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Silver Eagle coin program.
The Bald Eagle Proof Commemorative Silver Dollar was struck to commemorate the successful recovery of the Bald Eagles in the United States. At one time it was estimated that there were 100,000 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in the United States but in the 1960's it was estimated that as few as 400.
In 1875, the first year of the oddly-denominated Twenty Cent piece, the Mint struck coins for circulation and Proofs for sale to collectors. The reported mintage for the Proof 1875 Twenty-Cent piece is 2,790 pieces, which was more than three times that of the other silver Proofs of the year.
The 1986-S Prof Silver is the first year of issue for the series. It proved to be extremely popular and the Mint sold over 1.446 million examples. This remained the highest mintage Proof Silver Eagle for the series until 2006. However, in 2006 the Mint produced a Reverse Proof besides the regular Proof Silver Eagle for the year.