The official gold bullion coin of the United States is the American Gold Eagle. Featuring some of the most iconic symbols of America, this coin is offered annually by the United States Mint in a total of four weights and three different versions. Today, the 2017 1/2 oz American Gold Eagle Coin is available from JM Bullion.
- Ships in individual plastic flips or mint tubes of 40.
- 31st annual release of American Gold Eagle coins.
- Contains 1/2 Troy oz of actual gold content in BU condition.
- Face value of $25 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Lady Liberty graces the obverse of the coin.
- The American bald eagle soars on the reverse.
When the United States Mint released the American Gold Eagle for the first time, it marked the return of a coin design not seen on US coinage since 1933. Augustus Saint-Gaudens designed the Lady Liberty image in 1907 at the behest of President Theodore Roosevelt, who had initiated a bold plan to redesign all American coinage with a modern, distinctly American appeal.
Saint-Gaudens’ design featured Liberty walking forward from the nation’s capital of Washington DC with her torch held high in her right hand and the olive branch of peace in her left. Her depiction was originally surrounded by 46 stars, but changed in 1912 to feature 48 stars after the admission of New Mexico and Arizona into the Union.
When Liberty appeared on the obverse of the 1/2 oz American Gold Eagle, her appearance was modernized and two more stars were added to reflect the admission of Alaska and Hawaii after World War II.
The obverse of all 2017 1/2 oz American Gold Eagle coins features that iconic design from Saint-Gaudens. Prior to its use on the American Gold Eagle, it was on the $20 Gold Double Eagle coin from 1907 to 1933.
On the reverse is the image of a family of nesting bald eagles, which was created by Miley Busiek in 1986 for the exclusive use of the American Gold Eagle series. Busiek is an accomplished artist and sculptor who had completed numerous works for public and private interests prior to creating this image.
Each 2017 1/2 oz American Gold Eagle Coin available today is a BU coin. Coins in this condition show no signs of wear and tear, but may feature minor flaws ranging from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks.
Please direct your questions to a JM Bullion associate at 800-276-6508, reach out to use online using our live web chat, or send us an email.