AMERICAN GOLD EAGLES: the most popular gold bullion coin in the united states


Let’s start by looking at some of the history and features of the most popular gold coin in the United States. 

  • The US Eagle gold piece is a 22 Karat coin with 5.33% copper and 3% silver 
  • They are easy to buy and store domestically
  • It first entered in circulation in 1986
  • It can be found in four different sizes: 1/10oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz and 1 oz
  • The one-ounce American Gold Eagle coin measurements are : 1.287”  diameter and its composition is: 91.67% gold, 3% silver, and 5.33% copper.
  • With respect to the cin design: on one side we see  Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ depiction of Lady Liberty with the  inscription “LIBERTY.” The reverse features a family of eagles and inscriptions include the sentence  “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” In 2021 the depiction of the eagles changed to  a design by Renata Gordon, which is a bald eagle’s side profile.

Hence its qualities: the American Gold Eagle coin presents some diversification that makes it very valuable in the bullion market. This variety of sizes improves the liquidity of the coin and makes it available to a broader market. 

The one-ounce gold coin also comes with some tax advantages; they are exempt from IRS Form 1099-B, and they are approved for investment using IRAs. As we all know, tax exemption is always a plus when it comes to market success!

Another reason that increases its popularity, not only among bullion collectors but also among the numismatic world, is that the 1986 American gold Eagle coins have value as numismatic items and gold bullion, and they are worth at least their weight in gold. Nowadays, a 1986 American Eagle gold coin without a mint mark has a value of approximately $2,200, provided that it is uncirculated. 

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