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Updated on 03/15/2024

1oz. 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 and proof and uncirculated versions for collectors.

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
1oz. American Eagle Gold 
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Obverse - Type I  (1986 - 2021)

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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.

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Reverse - Type I  (1986 - 2021)

2020 - 1 oz American Eagle Gold bullion coin - Reverse - 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 OZ.
  • FINE GOLD~50 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.

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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 revealed that the American Eagle Gold and Silver bullion coins will undergo design improvements on their obverse sides and complete changes on their reverse side.

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.

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

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 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.








Obverse - Type II - (2021 - Present)

2024 1oz American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin - obverse side

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 with one missing reed to deter counterfeiting.

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Reverse - Type II  (2021 - Present)

2024 - 1 oz American Eagle Gold bullion coin - Reverse - 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
  • 50 DOLLARS ★ 1 OZ. FINE GOLD 
  • JN - Jennie Norris - designer
  • RG - Renata Gordon - metallic artist / sculptor

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1 oz. American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin Information



Introduction:.............1986

IRA Approved:...........Yes

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

Face Value:...............$50 US

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

Total Weight:.............1.0909 troy oz. / (33.931 grams)

Composition:.............91.67% Gold, 3.0% Silver, 5.33% Copper

Weight in Gold:..........31.10 grams

Diameter:..................1.287 inches / (32.70mm)

Thickness:.................0.113 inch / (2.87mm)

Type I - Designers:.....Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Miley Busiek (1986-2021)

Type II - Designers:...Renata Gordon, Jennie Norris (2021-Present)

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

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

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








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1 oz. American Eagle Gold
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Mintage and Sales Figures



Year             Year Dated Coin

                            Mintage                             Annual Sales


1986..............1,362,650..........................1,312,500


1987..............1,045,500..........................1,028,500


1988.................465,500............................494,000


1989.................415,790............................426,000


1990.................373,210............................405,000


1991.................243,100............................204,000


1992.................275,000............................326,000


1993.................480,192............................439,000


1994.................221,663............................243,500


1995.................200,636............................226,000


1996.................189,148............................194,500


1997.................664,508............................661,500


1998..............1,468,530..........................1,518,500


1999..............1,505,026..........................1,511,000


2000.................433,319..............................94,000


2001.................143,605.............................245,000


2002.................222,029.............................239,500


2003.................416,032.............................405,500


2004.................417,019.............................437,000


2005.................356,555.............................351,500


2006.................237,510.............................201,500


2007.................140,016.............................147,500


2008.................710,000.............................794,000


2009..............1,493,000...........................1,315,500


2010..............1,125,000...........................1,143,000


2011.................857,000.............................910,000


2012.................675,000.............................667,000


2013.................758,500.............................743,500


2014.................425,000.............................415,500


2015.................594,000.............................626,500


2016.................817,500.............................817,500


2017................*to be announced.................228,500


2018................*to be announced.................191,000 


2019................*to be announced.................108,000


2020................*to be announced.................747,500   


Type I

2021................*to be announced.................456,500


Type II

2021................*to be announced.................665,500


2022................*to be announced.................850,000


2023................*to be announced.................924,000


2024................*to be announced.................110,000


 Updated on 3/15/2024

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



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