As people traveled and traded across continents they would exchange coins. People are always intrigued by the different, and some collected coins. Not just those made of precious metals but those that had unusual designs or from exotic locations.
Along with golden Canadian Maple Leafs, American Gold Eagles and South African Krugerrands, Silver Eagles are easily one of the most recognized and popular bullion coins in the world.
The silver dollar is making a comeback in a big way. This is because, at the time of writing, demand has been so strong the US Mint has run out of silver.
Coin collecting is something man has done since the Lydians invented currency back around 640 BC. This is not just about hoarding money for its own benefit.