2009 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin

2009 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin, Obverse - Click to Enlarge

2009 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin, Obverse - Click to Enlarge

Gold American Eagle Bullion coins were first available in 1986. The law authorizing them (Bullion Coin Act of 1985) requires the gold contained within them to be mined from sources in the United States.

Each coin contains the stated amount of gold as well as a small amount of silver and copper to bring them to a 22-karat gold standard which is resistant to scratching and marring.

The one ounce version of the gold bullion eagles were released in December 2008. The fractional sizes did not appear until December 3, 2009, and high demand caused the US Mint to declare no inventory left available for the 1/10 ounce coin in one day. The 1/2 ounce and 1/4 ounce coins were also showing extremely limited availability.

The Mint stated it plans to continue to strike the fractional sizes on in-house blank inventory, and release them using an allocation program in mid-December.

American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin Design

2009 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin, Reverse - Click to Enlarge

2009 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin, Reverse - Click to Enlarge

Obverse design: Augustus Saint-Gaudens original $20 Double Eagle design from the early 1900's is used on the obverse of the American Eagle Gold Bullion coins. It shows the mythical figure Liberty walking towards the future. Also shown is the inscription "LIBERTY" and the year.

Reverse design: The reverse was designed by Mrs. Miley Frances Busiek and shows a family of eagles along with the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "50 DOLLARS" and "1 OZ. FINE GOLD."

Coin Specifications & Information

Mint Facility: West Point (no mintmark)
Face Value: $50, $25, $10 and $5
Date: 2009
Condition: Bullion
Composition: 91.67% gold, 3% silver, and 5.33% copper
Standard Weight: 33.93 g, 16.965 g, 8.483 g, 3.393 g
Standard Diameter: 32.7 mm, 27 mm, 22 mm, 16.5 mm
Thickness: 2.87 mm, 2.15 mm, 1.78 mm, 1.26 mm
Edge: Reeded
Authorizing Law: Public Law 99-185
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Mrs. Miley Frances Busiek

Product Availability

Release Date: December, 2008 for one ounce, December 3, 2009 for fractional sizes
Release Price: Based on the spot price of gold
Order Limits: based on authorized purchasers policy
Sales: See US Mint Sales Figures
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