When it comes to collectible coins, numismatists look for brilliant designs, sharp images, impressive finishes, and guaranteed gold content. The Proof Gold American Eagle checks all those boxes, and has been one of the most popular proof coin programs in the world for almost three decades now. Today, the 1997-W ½ oz Proof Gold American Eagle is available on Silver.com.
- Only 550 coins currently exist in this grade and condition!
- Consists of a true gold content of one-half troy ounce.
- Face value of $25 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Graded PF70 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Features an Ultra-cameo finish.
- Bears a “W” mint mark from the West Point Mint.
- Coins ship in protective plastic slabs courtesy of the NGC.
Congress passed the Gold Bullion Coin Act in 1985, paving the way for the United States Mint to produce an official gold bullion coin for the United States. Only Congress has the power to assign monetary value to coins in the United States, and the legislative body added a special stipulation to the Gold Bullion Coin Act. All Gold American Eagle coins must contain only gold sourced from within the US.
Each of the coins in this product listing features a PF70 grade from the NGC. Perfect proofs feature their full, original mint luster, and lack hairlines, blemishes, surface spots, and contact marks. Ultra-cameo defines a coin with a strong, frosted finish to the design set, and a deeply-mirrored, clear background field.
On the obverse of all coins is the image of Lady Liberty created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1907. It first appeared on the $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle from 1907 to 1933, and is considered by most to be the finest design ever to grace an American gold coin.
The reverse of the 1997-W ½ oz Proof Gold American Eagle features a depiction of a bald eagle family created by Miley Busiek. In the image, a male eagle returns to the nest, which contains hatchlings guarded by a vigilant female eagle. This image was designed specifically for these coins, and appears exclusively on Gold American Eagles.
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