2012 American Eagle Gold Coin

American Eagle Gold Coin (Obverse) (US Mint image)

American Eagle Gold Coin (Obverse)

The 2012 American Eagle Gold Coin is part of a series of United States Mint strikes dating back to 1986. American Eagle Gold Coins are struck by the US Mint in three different finishes (bullion, proof and uncirculated) and are also found in different sizes ranging from one ounce down to 1/10th ounce.

Congress originally authorized the bullion series of American Eagle Gold Coins with the passage of the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-185). The original legislation was quite open in regards to the design only requiring that the one ounce strike contain an obverse depiction of Liberty and a reverse with a family of Eagles.

The US Mint fulfilled those design requirements with the use of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' "Standing Liberty" design taken from the 1907-1933 Double Eagle. This design is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful ever struck on a coin of the United States. Also shown on the obverse of each strike are the inscriptions of LIBERTY and the year of minting.

American Eagle Gold Coin (Reverse) (US Mint image)

American Eagle Gold Coin (Reverse)

Shown on the reverse of each Gold Eagle (including the associated fractional sized Eagles) is a family of Eagles design by Mrs. Miley Busiek emblematic of the idea of tradition of family and unity. It shows a male eagle with an olive branch in its beak as it flies over the nest containing a female eagle and hatchlings. Reverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, IN GOD WE TRUST, the size of the coin and its face value.

American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins

The American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins were first struck by the US Mint in 1986 as fulfillment of the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985. The coins have been struck annually since and are considered the official gold bullion coins of the United States with their weight and purity guaranteed by the government of the United States.

American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins are struck to four different sizes - one ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce. The bullion coins are initially sold through the Mint's network of authorized purchasers who obtain the coins in bulk, then resell them to the public for a small premium above the current spot price of the gold contained within them.

American Eagle Gold Proof Coins

American Eagle Gold Proof Coins were first struck by the US Mint in 1986 alongside their bullion counterparts. However, whereas the bullion coins are intended for investors, the Proof Gold Eagles are struck for investors. As such, they are initially sold directly to the public by the US Mint and typically carry a large premium over and above any melt value associated with them.

Proof Gold Eagles are typically available in the same four sizes as the bullion coins and are extremely popular with collectors. That popularity was tested in 2009 when the Mint was forced to cancel the Proof Gold Eagle production as its struggled to meet Bullion Gold Eagle demand. Proof Gold Eagles returned in 2010.

American Eagle Gold Uncirculated Coins

Recognizing the popularity of the American Gold Eagles, the US Mint added a second numismatic product to its line-up in 2006 - the American Eagle Gold Uncirculated Coin. While not as popular with collectors as the related proof coin, the uncirculated strikes did garner a loyal following in their first three year's of availability.

However, along with the proof Eagles, the uncirculated Gold Eagles were cancelled in 2009 to allow all available blank planchets to be used for bullion production which was at unprecedented levels. The American Eagle Gold Uncirculated Coins made a return in 2011 but is struck only in the one ounce size as the fractional Eagles were removed from the Mint's portfolio in 2008.

Coin Specifications & Information

Mint Facility: West Point (no mintmark on bullion coins)
Face Value: $50, $25, $10 and $5
Date: 2012
Condition: Bullion, Proof and Uncirculated
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: tba
Release Price: varies based on finish and spot price of gold
Order Limits: based on authorized purchasers policy
Sales: See US Mint Sales Figures
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