The Walking Liberty design, originally created in 1916, graces the obverse of the coin. Lady Liberty is shown striding toward the rising sun, symbolizing the dawn of a new day. She carries laurel and oak boughs in her arm while wearing a dress decorated with the stars and stripes of Old Glory. “LIBERTY” is boldly inscribed above while the year-date is found at the bottom rim.
On the reverse, a bald eagle is depicted with its wings spread wide in a heraldic pose. Thirteen stars are arranged in an inverted triangle above the eagle’s head. Its talons are clasping a bundle of arrows and an olive branch. Rim inscriptions include the issuing country “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and the specifications “1 OZ. FINE SILVER~ONE DOLLAR.” The edge is reeded.
For the 35th anniversary, the US Mint has announced a redesign of the the American Gold and Silver Eagles in August of 2021. Silver Eagles minted after this time will have the Type 2 Eagle design on the reverse.