2012 $50 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin

The 2012 $50 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin is offered by the US Mint as the official gold bullion coin of the United States of America. It continues the annual series of bullion coins that made their inaugural appearance in 1986.

2012 $50 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin (US Mint images)
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Four different sizes of the bullion Gold Eagles are struck by the United States Mint with the largest being the $50 one ounce coin. The US Mint also strikes 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce varieties all showcasing the same basic designs.

The coins are struck for investors as a means for them to add small amounts of gold to their portfolios. However, many collectors also seek out the bullion coins for their collections.

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 – 1,815,500

2010 – 1,641,000

2011 – 1,427,000

 

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

The United States Mint does not sell the American Gold Eagle Bullion Coins directly to the public. Instead, a network of authorized purchasers is used who obtains the coins in bulk, then resells them to the public for a small premium above the current spot price of the gold contained within them.

Release Date

Bullion Eagles are generally sold shortly after the first 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

Considered one of the most beautiful designs ever minted, the obverse of the Gold Eagle uses a design of Liberty first seen on the 1907 Double Eagle. It was created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

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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