The specialized minting process for Proof Gold Eagles provides them with a high-quality cameo finish, often described as mirror-like, making them a great investment for collectors and investors. Struck in 22-karat gold, they are carefully positioned in a capsule that will protect them for years to come. The capsule is placed into a velvet display box, along with its Certificate of Authenticity. With limited mintage, their value often transcends the market rate of gold. JM Bullion currently has the 2006-W 1/4 oz Proof American Gold Eagle coin available for purchase.
- Arrives in a protective capsule in a mint-issued display box!
- 21st year of issuance of the Proof American Gold Eagle coins!
- Contains 1/4 Troy oz of actual gold content.
- The obverse features Lady Liberty.
- The reverse features a Bald Eagle.
- Bears a face value of $10 (USD) that is fully backed by the US government.
- Includes a W mint mark from the West Point Mint.
The 2006-W Proof American Gold Eagle coin obverse design is based on the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, first circulated in 1907. This design features a full-length figure of Lady Liberty striding forward, her hair flowing behind her, and in her outstretched arms she is carrying a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. Since the US began minting its own currency, Lady Liberty has been used as a symbol of patriotism.
The 2006-W Proof American Gold Eagle coin reverse design features the king of birds of prey, a Bald Eagle. Created by Miley Busiek and sculpted by Sherl J. Winter, the design depicts the male bald eagle, talons carrying an olive branch, as it flies towards a nest where a female eagle and eaglet await. The Bald Eagle represents beauty, strength, and independence.
The Proof American Gold Eagle coins contain 91.67% gold that is required to be mined from US sources. To make the coins more wear-resistant, 3% silver and 5.33% copper are added. The Proof Gold Eagles bear a W mint mark to indicate being struck at the West Point Mint.
The US Mint sold 36,127 1/4 oz Proof American Gold Eagle coins in 2006. Sales of the 1/4 oz Proof coins have fluctuated through the years, selling as many as 98,028 coins in 1988 to as little as 10,613 coins in 2019. During the same time, the price per ounce of gold fluctuated as well. When the American Gold Eagle coin series was introduced in 1986, the price per ounce of gold closed at $390.90. In 2021, the price per ounce closed at $1,828.60. That is an increase of 368%!
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