2011 $50 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin

The 2011 $50 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin will be the twenty-sixth year for the series of coins first released in 1986 as part of the Bullion Coin Act of 1985.

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Since their release, the Mint has produced four different sizes of the coins – one ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce from gold obtained from mining sources within the United States or its territories.

These coins are struck as investment devices but collectors have also been known to purchase them. Demand for these strikes proved so massive in 2009 that the Mint was forced to cancel production of the proof and uncirculated versions of the coin that it typically also produced.

Historic Mintage on Gold Eagles

The total historic mintage on Gold Eagle Bullion Coins is shown below :

1986 – 3,238,500

1987 – 2,040,500

1988 – 851,000

1989 – 839,000

1990 – 715,000

1991 – 472,000

1992 – 638,600

1993 – 796,000

1994 – 559,500

1995 – 600,500

1996 – 729,500

1997 – 1,317,000

1998 – 3,487,500

1999 – 5,097,000

2000 – 463,000

2001 – 709,000

2002 – 607,500

2003 – 786,500

2004 – 893,000

2005 – 822,500

2006 – 559,500

2007 – 409,500

2008 – 1,172,000

2009 – 1,805,500

2010 – tbd

 

The numbers above include all four sizes of the Eagle Coins – one ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce.

Issue Information

Bullion coins like these are not sold directly to the public by the Mint. Instead, a network of authorized purchasers obtains the coins from the Mint, then resells them for a small premium above the spot price of the gold contained within them.

Release Date

The bullion Eagles are typically released close to the beginning of the year.

Issue Price

Price on the Eagle Bullion Coins is dictated by the current spot price of the gold contained within them.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Although no "W" mintmark is present on the bullion coins, each was struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point.

Designer & Sculptor

Augustus St. Gaudens completed the original design work for the obverse (heads side) of these coins for a strike that first appeared in 1907. Considered one of the most beautiful coins ever minted, the design was re-used on the Gold Eagles starting in the 1980′s and features an image of Liberty.

The reverse (tails side) was designed by Miley Busiek and shows a family of Eagles.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $50, $25, $10, $5
Finish: Bullion
Composition: 91.67% Au 3% Ag 5.33% Cu
Standard Weight: 33.930 g, 16.965 g, 8.483 g, 3.393 g
Standard Diameter: 32.70 mm, 27 mm, 22 mm, 16.5 mm
Edge: Reeded

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