American Gold and Silver Eagle Coin Information


Hi I’m Lizzie, welcome to Chard TV. Most countries issue a bullion coin which is to be sold at a low premium over the intrinsic metal value. The American version is the Eagle. Following the success of the Krugerrand, in 1986, America
introduced the bullion Eagle coins in gold and
silver. The platinum coins were introduced a year later in 1987. As with all bullion coins the idea was to provide an easy way to purchase small amounts of gold, silver and platinum in the convenient form of coins. The modern bullion gold Eagle was based on the
historic twenty US dollar Double Eagle which
was issued as currency in America between 1849 and 1933. The design of the new Gold Eagles has remained the same every year. The obverse features a magnificent version of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ full length figure of Liberty with flowing hair, holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. The reverse features a male eagle carrying an olive branch, flying above a nest containing a female eagle and eaglets. This symbolises family tradition and of course, the unity of the United States. The gold Eagles are struck in 0.9167 fineness and are issued in four weights – 1/10th, ¼, ½ and 1oz. On the earlier gold bullion Eagles, from 1986 to 1991, the date is shown in Roman numerals. From 1992 it is shown in Arabic numerals. The silver Eagles have a denomination of US $1. They are 1oz coins and are struck in 0.999 fineness. The obverse features Adolph A. Weinman’s iconic Walking Liberty design which originally featured on US silver Half Dollars from 1916 through 1947. The reverse design is by John Mercanti. The heraldic eagle behind a shield holds an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left. The thirteen five-pointed stars represent the Thirteen Colonies. Whilst the design has remained consistent there have been a number of special edition Eagles, for example the Four Seasons, the Coloured Eagle, the Hologram, privy marks and special editions such
as the Titanic. The platinum Eagles are struck in 0.9995 fineness. They’re issued in weights of 1oz, ½, ¼ and 1/10oz and are only issued in a proof finish. The obverse features a close up of the Statue of Liberty – the symbol of freedom to the United States whilst the reverse design changes annually. As with all bullion coins, the lower the weight, the higher the premium. The United States of America is the world’s largest economy and probably has the largest coin collector’s market in
the world. The American Eagle is a very popular bullion coins with both for collectors and investors. If you require further
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