2011-W $50 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin

The 2011-W $50 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin continues a program that debuted in 1986 and was originally authorized by the Bullion Act of 1985.

2011-W $50 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin - 2010 Version Shown (US Mint images)
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These coins are typically struck by the Mint annually in four different sizes- one ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce. However, for the first time ever, the Mint did not produce any of the Proof Gold Eagles in 2009. Due to unprecedented demand for the bullion versions of the coin, it was not able to procure enough gold blanks to strike the proof versions. A return to their production is expected in 2010 making the 2011 coins much more likely.

Aside from these proof versions of the coin and the bullion editions, the Mint also typically strikes an uncirculated one ounce Eagle.

Historic Mintage on Proof Eagles

As an indicator of how the Proof Gold Eagles sell, the following table shows the mintage on the one ounce coin:

1986 – 446,290

1987 – 147,498

1988 – 87,133

1989 – 54,570

1990 – 62,401

1991 – 50,411

1992 – 44,826

1993 – 34,389

1994 – 46,674

1995 – 46,484

1996 – 36,000

1997 – 27,554

1998 – 26,060

1999 – 31,446

2000 – 33,006

2001 – 24,555

2002 – 27,499

2003 – 28,344

2004 – 28,215

2005 – 35,246

2006 – 37,096

2007 – 51,810

2008 – 30,237

2009 – N/A

2010 – tbd

The numbers shown above for the one ounce coin include those sold as part of the Proof Gold Eagle 4-Coin Sets.

Issue Information

Gold Proof Eagles have been sold annually since 1986, with the exception of 2009. That year, they were cancelled due to unprecedented demand for the bullion version of the coins.

Release Date

A release date of April 21, 2011 has been announced by the US Mint.

Issue Price

The Mint utilizes a pricing matrix for the cost of the gold Eagles which links the price of the coins to the average of the London Fix for gold the previous week.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

A "W" mintmark found on each coin indicates it was struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point.

Designer & Sculptor

The obverse (heads side) design of the Gold Eagles is based on Augustus St. Gaudens Double Eagle Coin which originally appeared in 1907. It features the mythical figure of Liberty walking. The design is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful ever produced.

The reverse (tails side) was designed by Miley Busiek to show a family of Eagles with one in flight and the rest in a nest.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $50, $25, $10, $5
Finish: Proof
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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