8 cool facts about the Gold American Eagle


  1. This is one of the official Gold bullion coins of the United States.
  2. These coins are produced at the West Point Mint in West Point, New York. The Proof and burnished uncirculated coins carry the mint’s mark (“W”) beneath the date.
  3. The Gold Eagle is offered in 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, and 1 oz sizes
  4. By law, the Gold used for American Eagles must come from sources in America. The Gold is alloyed with Silver and Copper to produce a more wear-resistant coin.
  5. The Gold Eagle is .9167 fine, or 22 karat Gold, but each Gold Eagle has an actual Gold weight of 1 troy ounce. The coins are authorized by the United States Congress and are backed by the United States government for weight and content.
  6. Are you a collector? The United States Mint also produces a Proof version for coin collectors.
  7. The obverse of the Gold American Eagle features a rendition of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens design for the $20 Gold Double Eagle coin from 1907. This famed design depicts Lady Liberty lifting high a torch in one hand and holding an olive branch in the other.
  8. The reverse is designed by Miley Busiek and shows a male eagle holding an olive branch in flight above his nest where a female eagle awaits with her young.

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