1988 1/2 oz Gold American Eagle Coins - Silver.com™
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1988 1/2 oz Gold American Eagle Coins

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Fractional weight Gold American Eagle Coins are incredibly popular as they offer superior quality and designs for a more affordable price. Every year, the mint releases numerous fractional weight options for nearly every budget. Today, you can purchase the 1988 1/2 oz Gold American Eagle Coins from Silver.com.


  • Arrives in clear plastic flips!
  • Limited mintage of just 45,000 coins!
  • Consists of One-half Troy ounce of actual gold content!
  • Given a face value of $25 (USD) backed fully by the US government.
  • 3rd release of the 1/2 oz American Eagle Gold Coins!
  • Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Lady Liberty on the obverse.
  • Bald eagle family featured on the reverse.

The United States Mint started the American Eagle coin program in 1986. At that time, there were limited options. Today, the mint releases four different metal types each year: gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. Each of the metal types offers a unique design, but the themes are all the same.

The gold versions come in multiple weights, including three fractional weights: 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz. There are also three different finish options: bullion, proof, and uncirculated. The uncirculated are also called burnished, and they aren’t available in every year’s release.

On the obverse, you will find Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Lady Liberty design. In the image, she walks away from the Capitol building with the sun at her back. She is carrying a flaming torch and an olive branch. The image was originally created for the Gold Double Eagle Coins released in 1907.

The reverse shows sculptor Miley Busiek’s depiction of an American bald eagle family. A large male is shown returning to his family nest with an olive branch between his talons. His female mate and a hatchling are waiting for him in the nest. This design was specifically created to be used on these coins.

These coins contain 91.67 gold by weight, making them exactly 1/2 Troy ounce of pure 22-karat gold. Copper and silver are added to the gold for additional strength and durability.

We ship these coins in plastic flips for their protection. Leaving them in the flips during storage can also protect the coins while you store or display them.

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Weight 0.50000 oz

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Brand: US Mint

Year:  1988

Mint Mark: Not Shown

Purity: .9167

Manufacturer: US Mint

Thickness: 2.24 mm

Diameter: 27 mm

Inner Pack: 20

Outer Pack: 1000

Condition: Uncirculated

Face Value: $25

Issuing Country: United States

Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens

Reverse Designer: Miley Busiek

Edge Design: Reeded

Packaging Type: Plastic Flip

Weight: .5 Troy Ounce

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