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1/4 oz. American Eagle Gold
Bullion Coin

1986 - Present



On July 9th, 1985, the United States Congress passed the Liberty Coin Act. The law authorized the U.S. Mint to start producing Gold and Silver American Eagle bullion coins for investors.

For collectors, the United States Mint makes Proof and Uncirculated versions of the American Eagle bullion coin.

First minted in 1986, the American Eagle Gold bullion coin is made of 22 karat Gold that must be mined from sources inside the United States.



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Design of the
1/4 oz. American Eagle Gold
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Obverse - Type I  (1986 - 2021)

The obverse layout of the American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin originates from the (1907 to 1933) Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle gold coin design.

Named after sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who designed both sides of the coin, the Doube Eagle is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful U.S. coins.

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The obverse design of the American Eagle Gold bullion coin depicts Lady Liberty in a flowing gown with windblown hair standing proudly over the U.S. Capitol in the lower background.

A torch is in Liberty's right hand, and an olive branch is in her left.

"LIBERTY" is inscribed along the top of the gold coin.

The "Year of Issue" for the gold bullion coin is below the olive branch.

The Edge of the coin is Reeded.

Note: From 1986 - 1991, American Eagle Gold coin had the "Year of Issue" in Roman Numerals. Since 1992, the year of issue has been numerical.








Reverse - Type I  (1986 - 2021)

Symbolizing American tradition and unity, the reverse side of the American Eagle Gold bullion coin depicts a family of eagles designed by Miley Busiek (now Miley Frost).

Miley's design shows an eagle returning to its family's nest with olive branches in its talons.

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Across the top of the quarter ounce (troy) Gold bullion coin are the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."

Found along the bottom of the gold eagle bullion coin is its Weight, Purity, and Face Value, "1/4 OZ. FINE GOLD~10 DOLLARS."

Two phrases on the reverse side of the gold bullion coin are on all American currency: "E PLURIBUS UNUM," which is Latin for "Out of Many, One," and "IN GOD WE TRUST."

Underneath the nesting family of eagles are the initials "MB," which are the initials of Miley Busiek, and the initials "JW," which are the initials of Sherl "Joseph Winter," who was the original engraver of the gold coin.

Note: All American Eagle bullion coins Do Not have a Mint Mark. Only the Collector's Proof and Collector's Un-Circulated Versions of the American Gold Eagle coin have a Mint Mark on the reverse side.

Coin Photos Courtesy of: The US Mint




American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin
Type II 

2021 - Present

Coinciding with the American Eagle Bullion Coins 35th Anniversary, the United States Mint announced that several design changes were coming to the Mint’s two best-selling coin programs.

The announcement stated that the American Silver Eagle and American Gold Eagle bullion coins were going to receive design enhancements on their obverse sides and complete design changes to the coin's reverse side.

These 39 images, seen here, were provided to the U.S. Mint for final approval of the gold eagle's final design; the reverse design below was the one chosen.

The United States Mint introduced new designs for the reverse sides of the American Silver Eagles and American Gold Eagles in 2021.

The proof, uncirculated, and bullion versions of the American Eagle Gold coin received these changes.

Type II - Redesign Features

The image below from the U.S. Mint displays all the new features of the American Eagle Gold - type II (click image to enlarge)

In addition to the new reverse design, they've enhanced many aspects on both sides of the coin and removed a reed on its edge to deter counterfeiters.

Note: the Bullion Version of the American Gold Eagle does not have a "Mint Mark" on its reverse side, unlike the Proof and Uncirculated Versions of the coin.




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Obverse - Type II  (2021 - Present)

1/4oz U.S. Gold Eagle Obverse Type II

The obverse design of the American Eagle Gold bullion coin depicts Lady Liberty in a flowing gown with windblown hair standing proudly over the U.S. Capitol in the lower background.

A torch is in Liberty's right hand, and an olive branch is in her left.

"LIBERTY" is inscribed along the top of the gold coin.

The "Year of Issue" for the gold bullion coin is below the olive branch.

The Edge of the coin is Reeded.








Reverse - Type II  (2021 - Present)

1/4oz U.S. Gold Eagle Reverse Type II

Inscribed around the Perimeter of the new type II design are the following words with seven stars separating them "★★★ UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ★★★ 10 DOLLARS ★ 1/4 OZ. FINE GOLD."

Also on the reverse side of the coin are two phrases that are on all American currency "E PLURIBUS UNUM," which is Latin for "Out of Many, One," and "IN GOD WE TRUST."

Coin Photos Courtesy of: The US Mint





1/4 oz. American Gold Eagle
Coin Information



Introduction:.......1986

IRA Approved:.....Yes

Grade:.................Uncirculated

Face Value:.........$10 US

Karat:.................22 Karat

Composition:.......91.67% Gold, 3.0% Silver, Balance Copper

Total Weight:.......0.2727 troy oz / (8.483 grams)

Diameter:...........22.00mm / (0.866 inches)

Thickness:..........1.78mm / (0.070 inch)

Designers:..........Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Miley Busiek

Mint Mark:...........No

Minted:...............West Point

Edge:..................Reeded





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Mintage  and Sales Figures




Year              Year Dated Coin

                             Mintage                         Annual Sales


1986................726,031............................587,000


1987................269,255............................294,000


1988..................49,000.............................74,000


1989..................81,789.............................76,000


1990..................41,000.............................55,000


1991..................36,100.............................44,000


1992..................59,546.............................54,800


1993..................71,864.............................70,000


1994..................72,650.............................62,000


1995..................83,752.............................90,000


1996..................60,318.............................68,000


1997................108,805.............................96,000


1998................309,829............................342,000


1999................564,232............................570,000


2000................128,964.............................64,000


2001..................71,280.............................72,000


2002..................62,027.............................66,000


2003..................74,029.............................70,000


2004..................72,014.............................76,000


2005..................72,015.............................80,000


2006..................60,004.............................46,000


2007..................34,004.............................32,000


2008..................70,000.............................58,000


2009.................110,000...........................110,000


2010..................86,000.............................62,000


2011..................80,000.............................82,000


2012..................90,000.............................76,000


2013..................114,500..........................122,000


2014..................90,000............................118,000


2015.................158,000...........................158,000


2016.................152,000...........................152,000


2017.................*to be announced...............64,000


2018.................*to be announced...............62,000 


2019.................*to be announced...............38,000 


2020.................*to be announced..............106,000


Type I

2021.................*to be announced...............56,000


Type II

2021.................*to be announced...............108,000


2022.................*to be announced...............140,000


2023.................*to be announced................198,000


2024.................*to be announced................30,000


Updated on 01/05/2024


*Official "Year Dated" Mintage Figures have not been released


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