1992 American Gold Eagle Coins

The 1992 American Gold Eagle Coins returned an improvement in the bullion mintage while a decline was shown in the proof numbers.

1992 American Gold Eagle Coins
Mintage: 275,000 One Ounce Bullion, 44,826 One Ounce Proof
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Gold continued to falter during the year with the average cost of an ounce of the precious metal coming in at only $343.82. This was a decline of $18.29 from the 1993 average.

Beginning with the 1992 Gold Eagles, the US Mint indicated the date of the coins with Arabic numerals. Previous to this (and since their debut in 1986), the Mint used Roman numerals to show the year.

1992 Gold Eagle Mintage

Bullion Gold Eagle Mintage

Every size of the Bullion Gold Eagles showed an increase mintage for the year of 1992. Most notable among the increases was the 1/10 Ounce strike which rose by 44,100 to 209,300 coins.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 1992-dated Bullion Gold Eagles:

One Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 275,000
1/2 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 54,404
1/4 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 59,546
1/2 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 209,300

Proof Gold Eagle Mintage

The Proof Eagle mintage for the year would have held relatively steady with the 1991 numbers had it not been for a large decline seen in both the 1/2 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle as well as the Gold Eagle 4-Coin Set. Factoring in those losses, the 1992 Proof Eagles only returned with approximately 88% of the mintage shown the previous year.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 1992-dated Proof Gold Eagles which includes the number sold as part of the Gold Eagle 4-Coin Set (of which 32,232 were sold):

One Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 44,826
1/2 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 40,976
1/4 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 46,269
1/10 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 64,874

Issue Information

The 1992 Gold Eagles marked the seventh year in which the US Mint produced the precious metal strikes.

Release Date

Gold Bullion Eagles were available for most of the year from the US Mint.

Issue Price

Prices charged by the US Mint for the Proof Gold Eagles remained at the same level charged the previous year – $570 for the One Ounce Gold Eagle, $285 for the 1/2 Ounce Gold Eagle, $150 for the 1/4 Ounce Gold Eagle and $70 for the 1/10 Ounce Gold Eagle. Bullion Eagles were sold by the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for a small premium above the spot price of the gold contained within them.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Both the US Mint’s facilities in Philadelphia and West Point struck the Gold Eagles. The Proof One Ounce Gold Eagle, however, was struck solely at the the West Point facility with a ‘W’ mintmark present on those coins. Fractional Proof Gold Eagles were struck only at the Philadelphia facility and show a ‘P’ mintmark.

Designer & Sculptor

The obverse (heads side) of the Gold Eagle shows Augustus Saint-Gaudens famous image of Lady Liberty with her hair flowing. It was first used on the Double Eagle Coin from 1907-1933 and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful designs ever struck on a US coin. The reverse (tails side) shows Miley Busiek’s design of a family of eagles and their nest.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $50
Finish: Bullion, Proof
Composition: 91.67% Gold, 3% Silver, 5.33% Copper
Standard Weight: 33.930 g
Standard Diameter: 32.70 mm
Edge: Reeded

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