1991 American silver eagles are highly popular bullion coins that include an obverse design that hearkens to one of the most popular coin designs ever made. The Walking Liberty image on the front of all American silver eagles is a faithful modern-day replication of the famous Walking Liberty design created by Adolph A. Weinman; the design was featured on half-dollars made from 1916 through 1947.
Mintage numbers were generally higher for 1991 American silver eagles than they had been during the previous few years. 7,191,066 uncirculated examples were made at the Philadelphia mint and 511,925 proof specimens were struck at the San Francisco mint. These numbers, while representing a definite uptick in production over surrounding years of issues in the series, don’t really influence lower prices on 1991 silver eagles. That’s because virtually all issues of the American silver eagle are persuaded by the prevailing bullion prices, and thus 1991 American silver eagles usually aren’t any less expensive than issues of other dates in the series of similar grade.
On that note, be sure to purchase choice specimens of the 1991 proof American silver eagle, as many examples of this date have been removed from original U.S. Mint plastic and thus have often been subjected to mishandling. Beware of unsightly toning on uncirculated examples of the 1991 silver eagle, as similar circumstances have caused many of those pieces to turn shades of brown or yellow.