2006 American Gold Eagle Coins

The 2006 American Gold Eagle Coins were an important achievement for the Gold Eagle Program as it marked the twentieth anniversary for the strikes.

2006 American Gold Eagle Coins
Mintage: 237,510 One Ounce Bullion, 47,092 One Ounce Proof, 45,053 One Ounce Uncirculated
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To celebrate this accomplishment, the Mint created two unique sets for the year that included versions of the Gold Eagles. The first, and most popular, was the 20th Anniversary Gold Eagle Set which included a 2006-W Proof Gold Eagle, a 2006-W Uncirculated Gold Eagle, and a 2006-W Reverse Proof Gold Eagle. Both the Uncirculated and the Reverse Proof strikes were new for the year.

The Mint also created a 20th Anniversary Gold and Silver Eagle Set. This set included a 2006-W Uncirculated Gold Eagle as well as a 2006 Uncirculated Silver Eagle.

2006 Gold Eagle Mintage

Bullion Gold Eagle Mintage

Despite being an important year for the Eagles, the Bullion Gold Eagle mintage declined across all four sizes of the coin.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 2006-dated Bullion Gold Eagles:

One Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 237,510
1/2 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 66,005
1/4 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 60,004
1/2 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 285,006

Proof Gold Eagle Mintage

With the inclusion of the special 20th Anniversary Gold Eagle Set, the Proof Eagle mintage saw a nice increase for the year.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 2006-dated Proof Gold Eagles which includes the number sold as part of the Proof Gold Eagle 4-Coin Set (of which 25,331 were sold) and the special 20th Anniversary Gold Eagle Set (of which 9,996 were sold).

One Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 47,092
Special Reverse Proof One Ounce Gold Eagle 9,996
1/2 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 34,322
1/4 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 36,127
1/10 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 47,277

Uncirculated Gold Eagle Mintage

In 1986 the US Mint introduced the new Uncirculated Gold Eagles which were available in the standard four different sizes just like the bullion and proof Gold Eagles and also came in its own 4-Coin Set. The One Ounce Uncirculated Gold Eagle was also sold as part of the 20th Anniversary Gold Eagle Set as well as the 20th Anniversary Gold and Silver Eagle Set.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 2006-dated Uncirculated Gold Eagles which includes the number sold as part of the Uncirculated Gold Eagle 4-Coin Set (of which 10,204 were sold), the special 20th Anniversary Gold Eagle Set (of which 9,996 were sold) and the 20th Anniversary Gold and Silver Eagle Set (of which 19,145 were sold).

One Ounce Uncirculated Gold Eagle 45,053
1/2 Ounce Uncirculated Gold Eagle 15,164
1/4 Ounce Uncirculated Gold Eagle 15,188
1/10 Ounce Uncirculated Gold Eagle 20,643

Issue Information

The 2006 Gold Eagles were the twenty-first annual versions of the coin and celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the strikes which debuted back in 1986.

Release Date

Bullion Eagles were available from the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for most of the year. The Mint released the special 20th Anniversary Eagle Sets on August 30, 2006 at Noon (Eastern Time).

Issue Price

Bullion Eagles were sold by the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for a small premium above the current spot price of the gold contained within them. The Mint sold the special 20th Anniversary Gold and Silver Eagle Set for $850 and the 20th Anniversary Gold Eagle Set for $2,610.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

A ‘W’ mintmark on the proof and uncirculated Gold Eagles indicate they were struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point.

Designer & Sculptor

First featured on the 1907-1933 Double Eagle Coin, the obverse (heads side) of the Gold Eagles contains Augustus Saint-Gaudens image of Lady Liberty. The reverse (tails side) shows a family of eagles and was designed by Miley Busiek.

Coin Specifications

(For One Ounce Gold Eagles)

Face Value: $50
Finish: Bullion, Proof, Uncirculated
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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