2012-W $50 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin

The 2012-W $50 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin is struck by the United States Mint as a collector version of the bullion Gold Eagle. Both the bullion and the proof varieties made their series debut back in 1986.

2012-W $50 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin (US Mint images)
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Proof Gold Eagles are generally struck annually in four different sizes like the bullion counterpart – one ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce. The exception to this occurred in 2009 when the Mint cancelled all Proof Gold Eagle production as it struggled to meet bullion demand. The collector Eagles made a return in the following year of 2010.

An uncirculated Gold Eagle is also struck by the US Mint annually (with some exceptions such as 2009).

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 – 100,000

2011 – tba

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 are struck to proof quality from 22-karat gold.

Release Date

A release date of March 19, 2012 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

Shown on the obverse of each Gold Eagle is a design by Augustus Saint-Gaudens first created for use on the 1907 Double Eagle. The image of Liberty is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful ever struck on an American coin.

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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