The U.S. Mint released the Gold American Eagle in 1986. The obverse of
the coin features a rendition of Lady Liberty with flowing hair, holding a
torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left, with the Capitol
building in the lower left background. The reverse features a male eagle
carrying an olive branch flying above a nest containing a female eagle and her
hatchlings. The coin celebrates the eternal American values of pride and
freedom. In each size (1, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/10 oz) the coin's designs are exactly
the same, just different proportions.
• Format: 1 oz, ½ oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz.
• Weight: 33.933 g, 16.966 g, 8.483 g, 3.393 g
• Face Value: USD 50, USD 25, USD 10, USD 5
• Diameter: 32.7mm, 27mm, 22 mm, 16.5 mm
• Thickness: 2.87 mm, 2.15 mm, 1.78 mm, 1.26 mm
• Fineness: .9167, same
The American Gold Eagle is an official
gold bullion coin of the United States of America. Authorized under the Gold
Bullion Coin Act of 1985, it was first released in 1986. Each coin contains its
full stated weight of pure gold, with the balance of copper and silver to
increase the coins durability. Currently this is one of the most recognized and
sought after of all gold bullion coins.