President Theodore Roosevelt felt that US coinage had become artistically drab and he had an overwhelming desire to see it transformed to exhibit beauty once again. In 1904, President Roosevelt inquired about the possibility of retaining the talents of someone such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens to instill beauty back into our coinage. Saint-Gaudens accepted the invitation, and created designs that ended up on the Eagle ($10) and the Double Eagle ($20) gold coins. It is a version of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Liberty that now appears on the Gold Eagle. Currently, Silver.com has the 2004 1/2 oz Gold American Eagle coin, with Saint-Gaudens’ Liberty, available for purchase.
- Shipped in a protective plastic sleeve!
- From the 18th year of the Gold American Eagle coin series!
- Consists of One Half Troy ounce of actual gold content.
- Has a face value of $25 (USD) fully backed by the government of the United States.
- The obverse features a Walking Lady Liberty.
- The reverse features a family of eagles.
The obverse of the 2004 Gold American Eagle coin depicts a full length figure of Lady Liberty walking directly at you. Her hair is flowing behind her, and she is carrying a torch in her extended right hand and an olive branch in her left hand. This Lady Liberty design is a version of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ design that was requested by President Theodore Roosevelt.
The reverse of the 2004 Gold American Eagle coin depicts a male eagle, carrying an olive branch, flying above a nest with a female eagle and a couple of eaglets. This design was created by Miley Busiek and sculpted by Sherl J. Winter, and is said to illustrate the unity and family tradition of America.
Since the fears of what havoc might be wrecked upon the world by Y2K were in the past, the annual minting of the Gold American Eagle coins – of all denominations – experienced a drastic drop in production following 1999’s historic numbers. However, 2002 through 2004 saw the US Mint increasing their production numbers in small amounts each year, leading to a temporary peak in 2004. This year saw the highest number of 1/2 oz Gold Eagles minted since 1999, at 98,040.
The price of gold also began to climb. In 2002, it surpassed the $300 per ounce mark. In 2003, it crossed the $400 per ounce mark. And while early in 2004, gold’s price per ounce dipped below $400, it rallied to close out the year at $435.60 per ounce, almost $20 per ounce above where it started the year.
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