Saint Gaudens american eagles

american eagle gold coin


The Gold bullion coin act of 1985 required the US mint to make gold bullion coins available to the public. Mintages began in 1986 using the obverse design of Augustus’ St. Gaudens double eagle which had been last minted in 1933.

The reverse design shows a family of eagles and was designed by Miley Busiek. Like the original St. Gaudens coins, the series began with roman numerals for the dates, which were changed to Arabic in 1992.

Coins were originally minted in one ounce, half ounce, quarter ounce, and tenth ounce sizes with irrelevant denominations of $50, $25, $10, and $5. The coins are made of a 22 kt gold alloy with 91.67% gold, 3% silver, and 5.33% copper. The US mint currently has a competing pure gold product known as the American buffalo coin (modeled after the original buffalo nickel).

The bullion coins are sold through distributors. The mint also produces collectible proof coins that are sold directly to collectors.



In 2009the US mint produced an ultra high relief version of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle.

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Teddy Roosevelt liked the design of the ten dollar eagle but made one radical suggestion: Add an Indian headdress.

How much do Saint Gaudens double eagles cost? Go to the Saint Gaudens auction page to find out.

Neither Augustus St. Gaudens nor Teddy Roosevelt wanted the words In God We Trust on the coins. Click on the link to find out why.

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