American Gold Eagle

The American Gold Eagle is an official gold bullion coin of the United States. It was first released by the United States Mint in 1986. It is guaranteed to contain the stated amount (in troy ounces) of pure gold, which by law must come from sources in America, with an additional alloy of silver and copper to produce a more wear-resistant coin of .9167 fine gold (22 karat, which had long been the crown gold English standard for gold coins). It is authorized by the United States Congress and is backed by the United States Mint for weight and content. The obverse design features a rendition of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ full length figure 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 left background. The reverse design, by sculptor Miley Busiek, features a male eagle carrying an olive branch flying above a nest containing a female eagle and her hatchlings. The market value of the coins is generally about equal to the market value of their gold content, not their face value.


Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens (obverse) / Miley Busiek (reverse)
Gross Weight: 33.930 g
Net Weight: 1 troy ounce Gold
Composition: 91.67% Gold, 3% Silver, 5.33% Copper
Diameter: 1.287 inches (32.7 mm)
Minted: 1986 – Present