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The American Gold Eagle is the official gold bullion product of the United States, and these 1 oz gold coins are immensely popular with investors and collectors alike. Featuring images of Americana on both sides, including a depiction of Lady Liberty and the American bald eagle, the coins exhibit the strength and wonder of the United States. Right now, 2018 1 oz American Gold Eagle Coins are available to purchase online from Metals.com.
- 33rd release of American Gold Eagle coins
- Bears a face value of $50 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Obverse features the design of Lady Liberty created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
- Reverse includes an image of the American bald eagle in flight over its nest.
The American Gold Eagle coin debuted in 1986 with bullion and proof versions. It is the only major bullion coin program from the United States Mint to feature fractional-weight options, which are produced and sold in the bullion and proof versions only. The third option, the burnished Gold Eagle, is only available in 1 oz weight.
Release of the 2018 American Gold Eagle coins comes at a time when the 1 oz weight has been rising in demand in recent years. The 2014 release had 425,000 1 oz coins sold, while the 2015 jumped to 626,500 and the 2016 coins featured a total of 817,500. The coins tend to ebb and flow with the market, but that two-year run in rising mintages was the first since 2008-2009.
On the obverse of all American Gold Eagle coins you’ll find the image of Lady Liberty created in 1907 by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Of course, the design has been upgraded since that time to feature 50 stars (up from 46) around Liberty’s figure, but it is otherwise the same design Saint-Gaudens created for the $20 Gold Double Eagle in 1907.
The reverse of the 2018 1 oz American Gold Eagle Coin includes the image of an American bald eagle as it flies over the nest carrying an olive branch. Below, a group of hatchlings eagerly awaits in the nest while a female stands watchful guard over them. Engravings on this face include the nation of issue, weight, metal content, and face value of the coins.