1993 American Gold Eagle Coins

The 1993 American Gold Eagle Coins showed another year of improved bullion mintage while the total number of Proof Eagles continued to slide.

1993 American Gold Eagle Coins
Mintage: 480,192 One Ounce Bullion, 34,369 One Ounce Proof
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Aiding the increased interest in the bullion strikes may have been an improved gold market. For the year, the precious metal climbed to an average of $359.77 an ounce. This was an increase of $15.95 from the previous year, or up 4.6%.

A special Philadelphia Bicentennial Set was produced in 1993 by the Mint which included the Proof Eagle strikes produced that year at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia as well as a special medal. The coins included the One Ounce Proof Silver Eagle, the 1/2 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle, the 1/4 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle and the 1/10 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle. A total of 12,689 of the sets were sold.

1993 Gold Eagle Mintage

Bullion Gold Eagle Mintage

Bullion Eagle mintage saw significant increases for the year. This included all four of the Gold Eagles but was really evident in the One Ounce Eagle numbers.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 1993-dated Bullion Gold Eagles:

One Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 480,192
1/2 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 73,324
1/4 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 71,864
1/2 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 210,709

Proof Gold Eagle Mintage

Total Proof Eagle mintage slid, even factoring in the special Philadelphia Bicentennial Set produced just that year. In total, only 183,301 of the Proof Eagles were sold, a decline of 13,644 coins from the year before.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 1993-dated Proof Gold Eagles which includes the number sold as part of the Gold Eagle 4-Coin Set (of which 24,023 were sold). It also includes the number (12,689) sold as part of the Philadelphia Bicentennial Set which included the fractional Proof Gold Eagles.

One Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 34,369
1/2 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 43,819
1/4 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 46,464
1/10 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 58,649

Issue Information

The 1993 Gold Eagles were the eighth year in which the US Mint produced the strikes.

Release Date

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

Issue Price

The US Mint did not change the price it was charging for the individual Gold Proof Eagles from the previous year. They still stood at $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. The 4-Coin Gold Set also remained at $999 with the special Philadelphia Bicentennial Set selling for $499. 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

Gold Eagles were struck at both the US Mint’s facilities in West Point and Philadelphia. The One Ounce Gold Eagle was struck only at the West Point Mint and showed the appropriate ‘W’ mintmark while the fractional Gold Eagles were only struck at the Philadelphia facility and showed the ‘P’ mintmark.

Designer & Sculptor

Augustus Saint-Gaudens famous image of Lady Liberty with her hair flowing is shown on the obverse (heads side) of the Gold Eagles. 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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