2001 American Gold Eagle Coins

The 2001 American Gold Eagle Coins were the first Gold Eagles of the new millennium and returned extremely poor mintages for both the proof and bullion strikes.

2001 American Gold Eagle Coins
Mintage: 143,605 One Ounce Bullion, 24,555 One Ounce Proof
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A factor in the poor number of Eagles sold was undoubtedly the relatively stagnant gold market of the year. Fluctuations as high as $293.25 in September were offset by a low of $255.95 in April to bring the annual average to $271.04. This was a decline of $8.07 from where it stood the previous year.

Even though the Mint did not attain the maximum Proof mintages set the previous year, it kept at those same levels for 2001 – 8,000 individual One Ounce Eagles, 7,000 individual 1/2 Ounce Eagles, 11,000 individual 1/4 Ounce Eagles and 25,000 individual 1/10 Ounce Eagles. The Mint also retained the mintage level of 25,000 set for the 4-Coin Set.

2001 Gold Eagle Mintage

Bullion Gold Eagle Mintage

Continuing a downward trend that started the previous year, the Bullion Gold Eagle mintage slid even further. Total proof mintage stood at only 44% of the total number sold the previous year.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 2001-dated Bullion Gold Eagles:

One Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 143,605
1/2 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 48,047
1/4 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 71,280
1/2 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 269,147

Proof Gold Eagle Mintage

Proof Eagle mintage also dropped for the year led by a significant drop in the number of 4-Coin Sets sold.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 2001-dated Proof Gold Eagles which includes the number sold as part of the Gold Eagle 4-Coin Set (of which 16,564 were sold).

One Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 24,555
1/2 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 23,240
1/4 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 25,613
1/10 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 37,530

Issue Information

The 2001 Gold Eagles marked the sixteenth year in which the US Mint produced the strikes.

Release Date

Proof Gold Eagles were first available from the US Mint on April 18, 2001. Bullion Eagles were available from the US Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for most of the year.

Issue Price

The US Mint did not adjust the selling price of the Proof Gold Eagles from the previous two years so it remained at $570 for the One Ounce Eagle, $285 for the 1/2 Ounce Eagle, $150 for the 1/4 Ounce Eagle and $70 for the 1/10 Ounce Eagle. The 4-Coin Set was $999. Bullion Gold Eagles were available from the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for a small premium above the spot price of the gold in them.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

A ‘W’ mintmark indicates that all of the Proof Gold Eagles were struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point.

Designer & Sculptor

The obverse (heads side) of the Gold Eagles features an image of Lady Liberty as first featured on the 1907-1933 Double Eagle Coin. It was originally designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Miley Busiek designed the reverse (tails side) of the coin to show a male eagle soaring above the family nest.

Coin Specifications

(For One Ounce Gold Eagles)

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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