American Gold Eagle coins are the U.S. official legal tender gold coin series, approved by the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985 to compete with other gold bullion coins from around the world. First released in 1986, American Gold Eagles are minted annually in four weight denominations: $50 face value (1 oz.), $25 face value (1/2 oz.), $10 face value (1/4 oz.), and $5 face value (1/10 oz.).
Collectors and Investors can buy American Eagle gold coins in several finishes; Standard Bullion finish, Burnished Uncirculated finish, Proof finish, and a Reverse Proof finish. Each coin contains pure 22 karat gold (91.67% gold, 3% silver alloy, and 5.33% copper) and is guaranteed to contain exact quantities of gold, exclusively mined in the U.S. to meet rigid quality standards.
The obverse modeled after “The Most Beautiful Coin in the World,” the famous 1907 Augustus Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle, depicts Lady Liberty striding towards freedom as a reminder of America’s majesty, longevity, and power. A bald eagle family in a nest is depicted on the reverse, with the male flying above with an olive branch in its claws.