Lady Liberty and the bald eagle are national icons in the United States that represent freedom, majesty, and power. While the former has stood guard over New York’s harbor for more than 130 years, the latter has been the official national emblem since 1792. Each image has appeared on countless American coins, but few are as captivating as the Gold American Eagle. Right now, the 2017-W 1 oz Proof Gold American Eagle coin is available to purchase online at Silver.com in perfect condition.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic slab from the PCGS.
- 32nd annual release of Proof Gold Eagle coins!
- Availability of certified coins is limited!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of actual gold content.
- Bears a face value of $50 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Issued a grade of PR70 by the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- DCAM designation.
- Obverse includes Liberty by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
- Reverse features a family of bald eagles by Miley Busiek.
- “W” mint mark of the West Point Mint.
Each of the 1 oz Proof Gold American Eagle coins in this listing is in PR70 condition according to the PCGS. Coins with this certification are perfect specimens with full, original mint luster and no detracting flaws.
A deep-cameo, or DCAM, coin has a beautiful contrast between its design sets and background field. The former has a strong, frosted matte finish, while the latter has a deeply-mirrored, clear visual. The two combine to give the design the appearance of floating over the background field.
Proof coinage originated at many mints more than a century ago. The original purpose of proof coins was to test the quality of the dies in bullion coin production, and assess the accuracy of the coining press during the striking process. Afterward, many proofs were kept as a means of archiving coin production.
On the obverse of all Gold American Eagle coins is Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ depiction of Lady Liberty. Saint-Gaudens was personally chosen by President Theodore Roosevelt to revive American gold coin design in 1905. His Liberty depiction first featured on the $20 Gold Double Eagle in 1907, and is considered by most the greatest American coin design ever.
The reverse features the image of a family of nesting bald eagles. In the depiction, a male returns to the nest with an olive branch in its talons, where a female is standing guard over the group of hatchlings in the nest. Miley Busiek created this image in 1986 specifically for Gold American Eagles.
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