The American Gold Eagle is a 22k (.9167 fine), U.S. Gold coin. Containing one full troy oz. of gold, Gold Eagles bear a nominal face value of $50.
Minted at the US Mint in West Point, N.Y. since 1986, the American Gold Eagle features a design based on America’s most iconic coin, the Saint-Gaudens “Double Eagle”.
The obverse depicts Lady Liberty, with her flowing hair, walking against a backdrop of the sun’s rays. She holds the torch of freedom in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. At the top of coin is the word LIBERTY. To her left (our right), towards the bottom, is the date of issue. The US Capitol building is seen at the lower left. The coin is ringed by 50 stars, representing the 50 states.
The reverse, from 1986 to the first half of 2021 was designed by sculptor Miley Busiek. It featured a male American Bald Eagle, carrying an olive branch, flying above a nest containing a waiting female eagle and her hatchlings. In July of 2021, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Gold Eagle, the US Mint has issued a new reverse designed by Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Jennie Norris. The new design features a close-up profile of the head of a bald eagle facing left surrounded by statutory inscriptions above it for UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM AND IN GOD WE TRUST. Those inscriptions are separated by three stars on each side of the eagle, and below them appear “50 DOLLARS,” and 1 OZ FINE GOLD. ”The new “Type 2” Eagles have been updated with enhanced security features, including a reeded edge variation.
Gold Eagles are also available in 1/10 oz ($5 face), 1/4 oz ($10 face) and 1/2 oz ($25) denominations.
American Gold Eagles are eligible for Precious Metals IRAs.
American Gold Eagle specifications
Mint Mark: none (coins are minted at the West Point, NY mint)
Manufacturer: U.S. Mint
Gold Content: 1 troy oz
Grading Service: none
Grade: BU (brilliant uncirculated)
Thickness: 2.87 mm
Diameter: 32.7 mm
Increments of twenty (20 coins are shipped in original US Mint tubes
Increments of five hundred (500) coins are shipped in US Mint- sealed Monster Boxes.
In addition to the listings here, we also carry back date American Gold Eagles, as well as PCGS and NGC certified coins (bullion AND proofs). Call us at 503.213.3352 for current inventory and pricing.
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