First minted in 1986, Gold and Silver American Eagles have been phenomenally popular among both collectors and investors due to their beauty and precious metal content. Featuring some of the most beautiful designs from classic American coinage--Adolph Weinman's Walking Liberty (Silver Eagle, from the Walking Liberty Half Dollar of 1916-1947) and Augustus St. Gaudens' rendition of Liberty and the Capitol (Gold Eagle, from the St. Gaudens $20 Double Eagle of 1907-1933), it's no wonder why a collection of American Eagles looks so impressive.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the American Gold Eagle and American Silver Eagle programs, the U.S. Mint is releasing many special sets in 2006, which include pieces struck in a reverse proof finish. Reverse proofs--coins with frosted fields and mirrored devices--have never before been struck by the Mint. The Reverse Proof $50 Gold Eagles are found ONLY in the 3-Piece Gold Sets which have a strict limit of 10,000 pieces. This paltry mintage and a nearly instant sell-out show how in-demand these very scarce coins are! Here you will find our selection of these special anniversary coins.
The reverse of the American Gold Eagle, designed by Miley Busiek, shows a male Bald Eagle with an olive branch in its talons landing at its nest, which holds a female with her wing around her hatchlings.
Between 1986 and 1991, the date was written in Roman Numerals. Beginning in 1992, the date began production in Arabic Numerals.
This series is one of the most collectible series ever produced by the US Mint. Don't miss out on your chance to get your hands on some of these beauties before they become even more scarce.
Each gold eagle is made of 22kt (.9167) fine gold, and the series comes in four denominations:
$5 (1/10 oz.) Gold Eagle
Diameter: 16.5mm (0.650 in.)
Thickness: 1.19mm (0.047 in.)
Weight: 0.1091 Troy oz. (3.393 g, 0.120 oz.)
$10 (1/4 oz.) Gold Eagle
Diameter: 22mm (0.866 in.)
Thickness: 1.83mm (0.072 in.)
Weight: 0.2727 Troy oz. (8.483 g, 0.299 oz.)
$25 (1/2 oz.) Gold Eagle
Diameter: 27mm (1.063 in.)
Thickness: 2.24mm (0.088 in.)
Weight: 0.5454 Troy oz. (16.965 g, 0.598 oz.)
$50 (1 oz.) Gold Eagle
Diameter: 32.7mm (1.287 in.)
Thickness: 2.75mm (0.108 in.)
Weight: 1.0909 Troy oz. (33.930 g, 1.197 oz.)
We hope this information has been helpful. Happy collecting!