When the United States passed legislation authorizing its gold and silver bullion coin program in 1985, with the first such coins struck in 1986, it made perfect sense to use Augustus Saint-Gaudens' beloved portrait of Lady Liberty, considered by many experts to be the most alluring of all U.S. coin designs. In addition to their beauty, these coins also contain one-half (0.5) troy ounce of fine gold content, with a total weight of .5455 troy oz.) 1/2oz American Gold Eagles are legal tender, designated with a face value of 25 Dollars. Interestingly, these coins were made to the same fineness standards as the once-supreme British Gold Sovereign, struck from 91.7% pure (22-karat) gold.
The obverse shows Lady Liberty striding forward, holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her outstretched left arm. This image was first created by the artist, Saint-Gaudens, for the $20 Double Eagle, a Pre-1933 U.S. gold coin, in 1907. Rays of sunlight burst into the sky behind Liberty, and the Capitol building can be seen in the distance. Fifty individual five-pointed stars circle the image around the outer rim. The date of issue "2015" can be seen to the right of Miss Liberty, while the inscription "LIBERTY" boldly runs across the top rim.
The reverse design, the work of contemporary artist Miley Busiek, depicts a family of bald eagles. The mother eagle rests in the nest, protecting her young, as the male eagle arrives at the nest with a small branch for the nest. The reverse legend "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" is found across the top rim. "1/2 OZ. FINE GOLD~25 DOLLARS" is inscribed along the bottom rim, indicating the coin's weight, purity, and legal tender denomination. The two mottos "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and "IN GOD WE TRUST" are placed to the left and right of the eagle nest, respectively.
After nearly 30 years on the market, the Gold Eagle remains the preferred choice of many precious metal investors and traders. It is a government-issued bullion coin with an easily recognizable design, eliciting confidence from the buyer without costing him or her an exorbitant premium over spot. It is also unique from other modern bullion coins for its .917 fine gold composition, making the coin's alloy more durable and its golden color a bit darker. If you're looking to protect your wealth with gold, don't pass on the Brilliant Uncirculated 2015 1/2 oz Gold American Eagle from Gainesville Coins!
|Actual Metal Weight:||0.5 ozt|
|Face Value:||25 Dollars|
|Mint:||United States Mint|
|Obverse Designer:||Augustus Saint-Gaudens|
|Reverse Designer:||Miley Busiek|