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American Eagle Gold Coin

What Is an American Eagle Gold Coin?

Since its introduction in 1986, the Golden American Eagle coin has been in high demand every year. Today, the modern Gold Eagles are a whisper of history as they showcase the design that made its first appearance on American gold coins in 1907.

Because Gold American Eagles are a perfect addition for any investor or numismatic collector, these gold coins are the most popular gold bullion from the U.S. Mint. As gold bullion, they always hold value making them easy to sell, buy, and trade at a highly desirable price of gold.

The official gold coin of the United States, the American Gold Eagle coins are available on an annual basis in three familiar versions and four different weights. These stunning coins serve as a reminder of the majesty, longevity, and strength of the American nation.

Each Gold Eagle coin from the United States Mint features images of the nation’s most iconic symbols, from its official national emblem of the American bald eagle to that towering symbol of freedom and democracy known to most simply as Lady Liberty.

The History of the American Gold Eagle

American Gold Eagle coins were authorized for production by the United States Congress with the passage of the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985. Under the terms of legislation, the program was to contain four different weights in total (1 oz, ½ oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz) and include two different versions initially (bullion and proof). Congress set the face value for the coins as is standard practice with any legal tender issued by the United States Mint.

The first American Gold Eagle coins were produced and made available for purchase in 1986. The bullion gold coin program was immediately available with all four weights, while the proof version of the coin featured only a 1 oz coin in 1986.

The proof program expanded to include the ½ oz weight in 1987, and the ¼ oz and 1/10 oz coins in 1988. For the 20th anniversary of the American Eagle coin series, which includes the Silver Eagle, in 2006, the United States Mint introduced a new burnished version of the coin. The Burnished American Gold Eagle was introduced specifically for coin collectors.

Although the United States Mint already had the proof version of the Gold Eagle available for collectors, the burnished version of the coin had a unique minting process that gave it enhanced value for those numismatists interested in the display and exhibition of visually brilliant coins.

How Pure Are American Eagle Gold Coins?

Gold Eagles are 91.67% fine gold, which is precisely 22 karats. As a point of reference, pure gold is 24 karats, while durable gold jewelry is typically 14 to 18 karats. For the United States Mint pure gold coin, see American Buffalo Gold Coins.

The $50 face value Gold Eagle weighs 1.0909 troy ounces, which is 33.93 grams and is 32.7mm in diameter and 2.87mm thick. However, each coin contains precisely one troy ounce of pure gold. The $10 Gold Eagle weighs 0.2727 troy ounces and is precisely .25 troy ounces of pure gold, and the $5 Gold Eagle weighs 0.1091 troy ounces and is precisely .1 troy ounces of pure gold.

American Gold Eagle Design

The United States Mint chose a historic American coinage design for the American Gold Eagle. Augustus Saint-Gaudens was hand-picked by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 to help revitalize U.S. gold coinage with a brilliant new design.

Saint-Gaudens crowning achievement was the Lady Liberty design that features Liberty in a full-length figure, her hair and robe flowing freely in the breeze as she strides forward confidently from the nation’s capital. In her right and left hand is a torch for light, and an olive branch signifying peace; all the things she’ll need to guide the nation toward a peaceful if unknown, future.

His original design was used on the $20 Gold Double Eagle coin. In circulation from 1907 to 1933, it is considered the finest design on the greatest coin in American history. Saint-Gaudens himself never lived to see his design come to fruition on an American coin though, passing away due to complications from illness just months before the coins were released in 1907.

In Saint-Gaudens’ original design, Liberty was featured striding forward with the U.S. Capitol Building at her feet, the rays of the setting sun at her back, and 46 stars surrounding her along the coin’s rim.

In 1912, Congress authorized the addition of two stars to his design to recognize the addition of New Mexico and Arizona to the Union. In order for the image to be used on the American Gold Eagle, two stars were added to recognize the post-World War II addition of Hawaii and Alaska to the Union.

The reverse side of the coin features a family of nesting bald eagles and was designed by Miley Busiek. In the image, a male bald eagle returns to the nest with branches in its talons. In the nest, a female is depicted standing vigilant guard over the young hatchlings in the nest. Busiek’s design was created in 1986 and is used exclusively on the American Gold Eagle.


At, you will find a variety of brilliant Uncirculated, Certified, Proof, Burnished and Gold American Eagle sets, in sizes ranging from 1/10 oz to 1 oz. Graded and certified Gold Eagle coins will grow the value of your investment portfolio. Graded by professional third-party companies, you are guaranteed the grade of the coin at checkout.

As an authorized purchaser, is able to acquire Gold Eagle coins directly from the U.S. Mint and make these gold coins available to you at low premiums over the spot price of gold. Buy gold from a vast product mix of gold coin options, including popular 1 oz gold coins and Gold Eagle sets from 2-coin sets to complete Gold Eagle sets. Certified Gold coins make great portfolio opportunities.

What Is the Price of an American Eagle Gold Coin?

The prices of the American Eagle gold coin varies and changes regularly. For the most up to date pricing, visit the top page of

Are Gold Eagles a Good Investment?

The American Gold Eagle from the U.S. Mint is the most popular gold bullion coins in this country, and make up over 80% of the U.S. physical gold bullion market. This bullion gold Eagle has been a tremendous success for the U.S. Mint.

For both large and small purchases, the American Eagles are our biggest seller in gold bullion. And, although in the long run, it may not matter which form of gold bullion you decide to purchase, there are good reasons for buying Eagles:

They are low-cost bullion products that are easy to buy and sell at reasonable price spreads and are easy to store.

Some of the various sizes of Gold Eagles may have a value to collectors in the future based on their scarcity. A strong after-market has already developed as collectors look to complete their sets going back to 1986 - particularly scarce are some of the low-mintage half- and quarter-ounce Eagles from the early 1990s.

Can I purchase American Gold Eagles in my IRA?

Some of the world's most renowned Gold coins and bullion are Gold IRA-eligible, including the American Gold Eagle.

Where Can I Buy Gold American Eagles Coins?

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