Authorized by Congress in 1985 and first minted in 1986, Silver Eagles are pure .999 fine silver and have become the most popular bullion coin in the world because of their beauty, quality, and the assurance of content by the U.S. Government. Silver Eagles can be an affordable, cost-efficient way to get started in precious metals investing, and to expand one’s nest egg with a sound hard asset backed by the U.S. government. The coins are widely recognized, and easy to buy, sell, transport and store. Many investment experts believe that adding silver to your portfolio may improve its performance because the forces that determine silver prices usually differ from, and in many cases counter, the forces that determine the price and value of many financial assets. Investment advisors often suggest that this relationship may help to reduce portfolio volatility.