UNITED STATES BULLION COINS - GOLD (1986-DATE)
In 1986, the United States
began striking gold and silver bullion coins to compete with world bullion
coins such as the Canadian Maple Leaf, the South African Krugerrand, and
others. The value of these coins was intended to be tied directly to
their metal value, although in some cases (where mintages were low) a
collector market has developed. The bullion value of these coins far
outstrips their face value.
Known as "American
Eagles" because of the family of eagles on the reverse, U.S. gold
bullion coins are available in Uncirculated and Proof versions, as well as
in a number of different sets. Proof coins may be ordered by the
general public directly from the Mint. Uncirculated coins are
distributed by selected representatives, who then make them available to
the secondary market.
From 1986-1991, the date was
shown in Roman numerals; from 1992 on, Arabic numerals are used.
The obverse of the U.S. gold
bullion coins follows the artistic design created by Augustus
Saint-Gaudens for the $20 Gold Double Eagles issued from 1907-1933,
inclusive. Miley Busiek created the reverse design.
The metal content of each
denomination consists of 22 Karat gold (.9167% pure).
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1/10 Ounce Fine Gold -
1/4 Ounce Fine Gold - 10
1/2 Ounce Fine Gold - 25 Dollars
1 Ounce Fine Gold - 50 Dollars
Gold Coin Sets