American Gold Eagles
The American Gold Eagle is a gold bullion coin produced by the United States Mint. The coins were authorized by Congress in 1985 and first produced for precious metals investors and coin collectors in 1986. Struck in 22 karat purity and available across four different sizes, Gold Eagles are firmly established as one of the most popular bullion products in the world.
The obverse design of the Gold Eagle is based on Augustus Saint Gaudens depiction of Lady Liberty for the double eagle gold coin produced from 1907 to 1933. A confident and optimistic Liberty is depicted holding an olive branch and lit torch, with the rays of the sun and the U.S. Capitol building behind her. Considered to be one of the most beautiful coin designs in the history of U.S. coinage, it was a natural choice for the new bullion coins. The reverse design features an image of a family of eagles designed by Miley Busiek.
Gold Eagles been produced in four different bullion weights to accommodate a range of investment levels. This includes one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce versions. Each coin contains its stated weight in pure gold and a different legal tender face value.
In addition to the bullion versions targeted towards precious metals investors, the United States Mint has also offered two primary versions of the coins for collectors.
Proof Gold Eagles have been offered each year from 1986 to present. These coins are produced with a special minting process which entails multiple strikes from specially prepared dies. The result is a deep cameo finish with frosted raised design elements and mirrored background elements.
Burnished Gold Eagles, also referred to as collectible uncirculated coins, are struck on specially burnished blanks and carry the "W" mint mark. These coins were initially offered from 2006 to 2008, with many issues carrying extremely limited mintages.After a two year gap, the offering was resumed in 2011.
This site will provide some additional information on Gold Eagles, including coin specifications, mintages, and an image gallery. A selection of American Gold Eagles for sale is also presented, including coins certified by PCGS or NGC. We hope you enjoy learning about the series and assembling your collection!