When it comes to buying gold from the United States Mint, the first choice of many gold investors is the American Gold Eagle. Introduced in 1986, the annual-issue Gold Eagle is the nations official gold coin and comes in sizes of 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz.
- Contains 1/4 Troy oz of actual gold content in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of $10 (USD) by the United States.
- Obverse includes Lady Liberty by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
- Reverse features a family of bald eagles designed by Miley Busiek.
Historically speaking, the 1/4 oz American Gold Eagle has swapped places with the 1/2 oz coin on a regular basis as the lowest minted coin in the series. For example, through most of the 2000s the 1/4 oz American Gold Eagle had the lowest mintage of the four, while the 2010s have seen the 1/2 oz coin fall to that position. Since 2010, the 1/4 oz American Gold Eagle has outperformed the 1/2 oz coin in every year.
The reverse of 1/4 oz American Gold Eagle Coins includes a special design found only in this coin series. The image of a male eagle flying over the family nest, which includes a female sheltering a hatchling, has featured on the coins since 1986. It was designed in that year specifically for the Gold Eagles by Miley Busiek.
On the obverse of American Gold Eagles is the nations most iconic coin design. Introduced in 1907 by Augustus Saint-Gaudens for the $20 Gold Double Eagle, this vision of Lady Liberty confidently striding forth from the nations capital with her torch and an olive branch has become well-known as the most coveted American coin design.
The United States Mint strikes all American Gold Eagle coins at the West Point Mint facility, though you’ll find no mint marks present on these coins.