1997 American silver eagles are one-ounce silver bullion coins with a fineness of .999 – virtually pure. Silver eagles are highly popular, but not only because they contain nearly pure silver, but also as they feature a beautiful Walking Liberty design. The Walking Liberty design on the obverse of American silver eagles first debuted in 1916 on the half dollar and remained on the coin until 1947. The design, by Adolph A. Weinman, was revived in 1986, when the American silver eagle coin series first went into official production.
1997 American silver eagles have been popular since Day One, and belong to one of the most widely recognized bullion coin series in the world. Because investors and collectors both in the United States and abroad are familiar with American silver eagles, they are very easy to sell, which makes the coin particularly popular with investors, who like bullion coins that can be easily sold when the market persuades them to unload their silver bullion pieces.
1997 silver eagles are largely common. 4,295,004 uncirculated silver eagles and 435,368 proof specimens were struck at the Philadelphia mint. The proof example is worth roughly $125, while the uncirculated examples are worth a small premium above silver melt values.