Gold American Eagle coins are the gold version of the nation’s official bullion coin series. American Eagle coins are available in gold, silver, and platinum each year, with three different versions struck: bullion, proof, and burnished. By far, the bullion is the top seller each year in all three metals. The 2017 ½ oz Gold American Eagle is available for purchase today online at Silver.com.
- Arrives in a protective flip and tubes for quantities of 40.
- 31st release of ½ oz Gold American Eagles!
- Contains One-Half Troy ounce of actual gold content in BU condition.
- Face value of $25 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- The image of Liberty is found on the obverse of each coin.
- American bald eagles grace the reverse face of the coin.
The Gold American Eagle coin is not quite like its counterparts in the silver and platinum version. When the Silver Eagle was released there was only a 1 oz silver coin available, which continues to this day. The Platinum Eagle has toyed with the use of fractional-weights, but again only the 1 oz is regularly struck.
When the Gold American Eagle was first issued in 1986, the bullion version of the coin included a 1 oz, ½ oz, ¼ oz, and 1/10 oz weight for investors to choose from. The Proof Gold American Eagle coin featured only a 1 oz option in 1986, with the ½ oz added to the lineup in 1987, and the ¼ oz and 1/10 oz added in 1988.
Originally, the ½ oz Gold American Eagle was the most popular among the fractional weights because of its balance between beautiful size and affordable pricing. However, recent years have seen that trend diminish as investors turn to the smaller ¼ and 1/10 oz. coins as the favorite. As of 2016, sales of ½ oz Gold American Eagles were just 63,000 compared to 770,000 for the 1/10 oz version.
The obverse of all 2017 ½ oz Gold American Eagle coins includes Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ brilliant depiction of Liberty. Originally used on the $20 Gold Double Eagle from 1907 to 1933, the image was introduced at first with just 46 stars on it to represent the number of states in the Union. Changes occurred to this design in 1912, with two more stars to represent New Mexico and Arizona, and again for release on the Gold American Eagle with two more stars to bring the total to 50 for Hawaii and Alaska.
On the reverse of Gold American Eagle coins is the depiction of a group of bald eagles in their nest. This family unit includes a group of hatchlings in the nest, a female standing guard over the hatchlings, and a male flying overhead.
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