A new American Eagle silver dollar reverse design was recommended on April 8 by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) for replacing the Heraldic Eagle reverse that currently appears on American Eagle silver coins and has been used since 1986. This proposed design was chosen from 16 designs that depict eagles and was submitted before by the advisory panel for being used on the 2015 United States Marshals Service gold $5 half eagle. The new design is recommended with modifications and is also reminiscent of the eagle U.S. Mint Engraver Christian Gobrecht that appeared on the reverse of 1836 to 1839 Gobrecht dollars. What about the design modifications that are requested for the new design?
The design modifications include changing the orientation of the eagle to fly slightly upward, modifying the beak of the eagle in order not to be very close to the edge of the coin, producing renditions for consideration with and without arrows and also with and without the olive branch and finally replacing the inscriptions in the suggested design with appropriate inscriptions including the weight, denomination and fineness in silver.
Recommending a new design for the reverse of the American Eagle silver dollar is the first step for changing the current design that has been used since November 1986 for all versions of American Eagle silver dollars. The changes that are recommended will be applied to all versions of silver American Eagles and the new reverse design will be paired with Walking Liberty design that was created by sculptor Adolph A. Weinman without changing it.