The Design on The United States Mint copied the much-loved $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coin design for the obverse (front) of its new American Eagle. Right of Lady Liberty, the date was in Roman numerals from 1986-91, and in Arabic numerals since. Miley Busiek’s design on the reverse shows a bald eagle landing in its family nest. Minting American Eagle gold coins are minted only from gold mined in the United States. The gold is 22 karat (a small amount of other metal is added for durability), but each 1 oz. American Eagle contains one full ounce of pure gold. Quality Guarantee The United States guarantees American Eagles’ gold content, weight and purity. For this reason, American Eagle gold coins can easily be bought and sold almost anywhere in the world, making these coins among the most commonly traded gold bullion coins in the world.
The obverse of the Gold Eagle is adapted from Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ famed Gold Double Eagle design of 1907, often regarded as the most beautiful design in American coinage. The design features Lady Liberty walking confidently against the sun’s rays, carrying a torch and an olive branch. The reverse of the coin is equally beautiful, showing a male bald eagle in flight carrying an olive branch to his nest, where a female awaits with her young. This design highlights the strength and importance of American families.
The 1 oz Gold American Eagle is made chiefly for investors, although the U.S. Mint offers proof and burnished coins made with special processes to enhance their beauty for collectors. A Gold Eagle coin could refer to a variety of different Gold coins, including a modern Gold bullion coin and pre-1933 Gold Eagle coins. The Capped Bust Gold coin was the earliest Gold Eagle coin, starting in 1795, but it was produced in such low numbers that they are seen as purely high-end collector items. Coins for sale can be bought for their Precious Metal value or their collectibility value, and it is important to know what you are getting before paying the premium over the Gold spot price.