American Eagle Gold Coin

American gold eagle coins, not to be confused with the double eagle coins of the Old West, were issued by the United States starting in the 1980s. These coins use 22 karat gold, a standard that had not been used since the 1800s, and the gold in these coins must come from the United States. These coins are also alloyed with silver and copper to make them more resistant to ensure that the gold’s natural softness doesn’t make the coins lose their shape before their time.

What Do They Look Like?

The head side of an American Eagle gold coin is a triumphant Lady Liberty holding aloft a branch and her trademark torch. The tails side of the coin is, as the name might suggest, an American bald eagle. The bird is landing in its nest with two of its young. The stamp “In God We Trust” appears on the right side of the coin, and along the bottom is the stamp with how much gold is present in the coin; 1/10, 1/4, 1/2 or 1 full ounce of 22 karat gold.

What Are They Worth?

The worth of an American Eagle gold coin varies depending on what the gold inside the coins happens to be worth on any given day. The worth of the troy ounces, depending on the day and what it’s trading for on the open market, is what the coin is worth. However, there is also a stamp on the coin that dictates what its value is in U.S. dollars; these two values are often very different.

As a quick for instance, the value of the coins in dollars is $5, $10, $25 and $50, beginning with the 1/10 ounce coin and moving all the way up to the single ounce gold coin. When the U.S. Mint sold the one ounce 2012 American Eagle coin, it sold for over $1,800. That’s quite a bit of difference, given that the price on the coin in U.S. currency was for a straight up $50. Collectors need to be aware of this difference in order to gauge what one of these coins is really going to be worth.