Gold American Eagle coins are produced each year in four different weights by the United States Mint. Among the lowest mintages is the ¼ oz. coin in the series, making it difficult to find these popular coins. Today, you can purchase a 2015 ¼ oz. Gold American Eagle coin from Silver.com with a perfect Mint State 70 grade from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Actual gold content of 1/4 oz.
- Minted by the United States Mint.
- Available in perfect MS70 condition from the NGC.
- Part of the First 10 Boxes.
- Reverse artwork created by Miley Buseik; obverse art based on Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ design.
- Ships in an NGC plastic slab for protection.
One of the most respected grading services, the NGC uses the Sheldon numeric scale to grade coins. That scale uses numeric values ranging from 1 to 70, with the MS70 grade the highest possible for a bullion coin. These ¼ oz. Gold American Eagle coins are considered perfectly minted, with no detracting marks, flaws, or blemishes visible on its surface. Additionally, these coins have their full, original luster for the date and mint.
Adding to the rarity of these coins is their certification by the NGC as part of the US Mint’s 1st Day, First-10 Box series. This certification indicates that each coin was struck during the first day of production by the US Mint, then shipped in the first 10 sealed boxes to leave the US Mint for NGC depositories.
Gold American Eagle coins were introduced in 1986 alongside its silver counterpart, the Silver Eagle. The Gold American Eagle coins are struck in four total weights each year: 1 oz., ½ oz., ¼ oz., and 1/10 oz. The ¼ oz. Gold American Eagle often has the lowest mintage level each year, making the coins rare to begin with in the program.
The obverse side of each coin borrows Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ 1907 depiction of Lady Liberty, which was originally used on the Gold Double Eagle from 1907 to 1933. On the reverse is the image that gives the coin its name. Sculptor Miley Busiek was commissioned in 1986 to create a design, and developed the image of a family of bald eagles in its nest.
The United States Mint was founded in 1792, and it is one of the oldest minting facilities in the Western Hemisphere. Each Gold American Eagle is struck using 22-karat, .9167, gold. The face value of the ¼ oz. coin, $10, makes it the only coin in the series with a face value not representative of its fractional weight.
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