The 1 oz American Gold Eagle Coin is the largest gold coin produced by the US Mint, and carries a face value in the United States of $50 USD. The coin is 22 karat gold, meaning it is composed of 91.67% gold.
The remaining amount of the coin is composed of copper (5.33%) and silver (3%). Although the coin is 22 karat gold, it still contains 1 troy oz of pure gold content. This is due to the fact that the coin itself weighs 1.0909 troy ounces total, resulting in 1 troy ounce of pure gold.
- Contains 1 troy oz of actual gold weight.
- Face value of $50 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Features Augustus Saint-Gaudens iconic Lady Liberty image.
- Obverse has a design feature unique to these coins.
On the obverse of all American Gold Eagle coins is Saint-Gaudens 1907 depiction of Liberty. First used on the $20 Gold Double Eagle from 1907 to 1933, this design of Liberty is considered the most popular in American history and was revived and modernized for use on the American Gold Eagle in 1986.
The reverse of the 1990 1 oz American Gold Eagle coin includes the image of a family of nesting bald eagles. A female eagle watches carefully over the nest full of hatchlings, while a male eagle is shown flying overhead.
All American Gold Eagle coins are produced by the United States Mint, with current production taking place entirely at the West Point Mint facility in the state of New York.