American Gold Eagles are part of a larger American Eagle program from the United States Mint. Struck annually in gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, the American Eagle Series is at its best in the gold version. Offering the diversity of three versions and four weights, American Gold Eagle coins are immensely popular with investors and collectors. Today, you have the opportunity to purchase 1/2 oz American Gold Eagle coins with random years of issue from Gold Club Direct.
The American Gold Eagle coin was introduced in bullion and proof in 1986. At first, the bullion program was the only one to feature fractional-weight coins. The proof was also introduced in 1986, but available only in 1 oz.
Fractional-weight proof coins were introduced in stages between 1987 and 1988, with the 1/2 oz added in 1987, and the 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz coins added in 1988. The burnished version of the coin was introduced with all four weights, the 1/2 oz included, in 2006.
Each of the American Gold Eagles available for purchase is a 1/2 oz specimen containing 22-karat gold. The year of issue you receive depends upon availability at the time of fulfillment. The most common years are those struck in the early 1990s, those struck around the turn of the 21st century, and post-2009 issues.
American Gold Eagle coin production is based upon demand in the market, and as such economic factors often play into the production levels. The series has seen a number of peaks and valleys during nearly 30 years of production.
On the obverse face of each coin is the image of Lady Liberty created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1907. The reverse features Miley Busiek’s depiction of a family of nesting bald eagles.