2011-W $50 American Eagle Gold Uncirculated Coin

The 2011-W $50 American Eagle Gold Uncirculated Coin continues a series that originally debuted in 2006 as part of the larger Gold Eagle Coins Program that itself appeared for the first time back in 1986.

2011-W $50 American Eagle Gold Uncirculated Coin - 2008 Version Shown (US Mint images)
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Four sizes of Uncirculated Gold Eagles were typically struck by the Mint – one ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce. However, near the end of 2008 the Mint announced that the fractional sizes would no longer be produced.

To further pollute the series, the Mint was also forced to cancel production of the one ounce Gold Eagle Uncirculated Coins in 2009 (along with the Proof Gold Eagle) due to unprecedented demand for the bullion version of the coin. A return of the one ounce strikes was expected for 2010 making the appearance of them in 2011 highly likely.

Historic Mintage on Uncirculated Eagles

Premiering in 2006, the Uncirculated Gold Eagles have been struck in four sizes with the following mintages:

ITEM 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
One Ounce Gold Uncirculated 5,708 11,602 9,057 n/a tbd
Half Ounce Gold Uncirculated 4,960 4,451 5,209 n/a n/a
Quarter Ounce Gold Uncirculated 4,984 5,762 6,032 n/a n/a
Tenth Ounce Gold Uncirculated 10,439 15,497 9,806 n/a n/a
4 Coin Gold Uncirculated set 10,204 7004 2,851 n/a n/a
8-8-08 Double Prosperity Set (included 1/2 ounce Eagle) n/a n/a 7,622 n/a n/a
American Eagle 20th Anniversary 2 Coin Gold & Silver Set 19,145 n/a n/a n/a n/a
American Eagle 20th Anniversary 3 Coin Gold Set 9,996 n/a n/a n/a n/a

 

The table above shows all the options that the Uncirculated Gold Eagles were available in. As the table indicates, no Uncirculated Eagles were struck in 2009. Also, as of 2010, only one ounce Uncirculated Eagles are planned.

Issue Information

The Uncirculated Gold American Eagles had their debut in 2006 and were available for the next two years. The Mint, however, did not strike any of the coins in 2009.

Release Date

The Uncirculated Gold Eagles show a release date of May 5, 2011.

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) of the Gold Eagles was based on the 1907 Double Eagle designed by Augustus St. Gaudens. It shows a version of Liberty walking. The design is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful ever produced.

The reverse (tails side) shows a flying eagle over a nest containing the eagle’s family. It was designed by Miley Busiek.

Coin Specifications

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