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Updated on 05/11/2024

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
Bullion Coin




Obverse - Type I  (1986 - 2021)

2016 1/4 oz American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin - Obverse side (Type I)

Inspired by the work of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle gold coin (1907–1933) served as the model for the obverse design of the American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin.

The obverse design of the American Eagle Gold bullion coin depicts Lady Liberty with a torch (enlightenment) in her right hand, an olive branch (peace) in her left, and rays of light (God) at her back.

Liberty's hair and gown are flowing in the wind as she stands confidently on land with oak leaves (wisdom / strength) and the United States Capitol.

Inscriptions:

  • LIBERTY
  • Year of Issue
  • 50 stars encircling Lady Liberty (the stars represent the 50 states of The United States of America)
  • Augustus Saint-Gaudens initials (One letter over the other)

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.

Coin Photo Courtesy of The U.S. Mint








Reverse - Type I  (1986 - 2021)

2016 1/4 oz American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin - Reverse side (Type I)

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

Miley's design depicts the father eagle returning to his family's nest with an olive branch (peace) in his talons. The mother bald eagle protects her eaglets sitting in the nest, which is comprised of olive branches (symbolizing peace through the strength of the family).

Inscriptions:

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM - is Latin for "Out of Many, One"
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 1/4 OZ.
  • FINE GOLD~10 DOLLARS
  • MB - initials of Miley Busiek
  • JW - initials of Sherl "Joseph Winter," who was the original engraver of the gold coin.

Note: All American Eagle Gold bullion coins have no 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 Photo Courtesy of The U.S. 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 the American Eagle Gold and Silver bullion coins will undergo design improvements on their obverse sides and complete changes on their reverse sides. 

The U.S. Mint received 39 images, seen here, for final approval of the American Eagle Gold bullion coin's reverse design, the design below was the one chosen.

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 of the coin and removed a reed from its edge to deter counterfeiters.  Note: Only the 1oz. American Eagle gold bullion coins have the missing reed.

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

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.







Obverse - Type II  (2021 - Present)

2024 1/4 oz American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin - obverse side (Type II)

Inspired by the work of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle gold coin (1907–1933) served as the model for the obverse design of the American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin.

The obverse design of the American Eagle Gold bullion coin depicts Lady Liberty with a torch (enlightenment) in her right hand, an olive branch (peace) in her left, and rays of light (God) at her back.

Liberty's hair and gown are flowing in the wind as she stands confidently on land with oak leaves (wisdom / strength) and the United States Capitol.

Inscriptions:

  • LIBERTY
  • Year of Issue
  • 46 stars encircling Lady Liberty (The stars represent the 46 states that were part of the United States of America in 1907)
  • Augustus Saint-Gaudens initials (One letter over the other)

Note: To stay true to the original design of the 1907 Double Eagle, which had only 46 stars encircling Liberty representing the 46 states that made up the United States at that time.  The U.S. Mint decided to put only 46 stars on the obverse side of the Type II American Eagle Gold bullion coins.

Coin photo provided by the U.S. Mint








Reverse - Type II  (2021 - Present)

2024 1/4 oz American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin - Reverse side (Type II)

The reverse side reveals a detailed profile of the majestic American bald eagle in the design of the type II American Eagle Gold bullion coin.

Inscriptions:

  • ★★★ UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ★★★ 
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM - Latin for "Out of Many, One"
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 10 DOLLARS ★ 1/4 OZ. FINE GOLD
  • JN - Jennie Norris - designer
  • RG - Renata Gordon - metallic artist / sculptor / engraver

The Edge on the gold bullion coin is reeded.

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, 5.33% Copper

Weight in Gold:...................1/4 troy oz. / 7.775 grams

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

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

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

Obverse Designer (Type I):...Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1986-2021)

Reverse Designer (Type I):...Miley Busiek (now Miley Frost) (1986-2021

Reverse Engraver (Type I):...Sherl "Joseph Winter" (1986-2021)

Obverse Designer (Type II):..Augustus Saint-Gaudens (2021 - Present)

Reverse Designer (Type II):..Jennie Norris (2021-Present)

Reverse Engraver (Type II):..Renata Gordon (2021-Present)

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

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

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





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1/4 oz. American Eagle
Gold Bullion Coin

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................54,000

Last Updated on 05/04/2024

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





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