2019 $50 1 oz American Gold Eagle NGC MS69 Early Release
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Buy 2019 $50 1 oz American Gold Eagle NGC MS69 Early Release
The 2019 1 oz American Gold Eagle NGC MS69 Early Release is doubly nice to add to your collection! Not only does it score 69 out of a perfect 70 on condition, it is certified as one of the first of its mintage to leave the Mint!'
To qualify for the NGC "Early Release" designation, a coin has to be received at NGC or a NGC-approved depository within 30 days of the coin's release date. Many collectors prefer "Early Release/First Release" coins, because it's thought that they were likely struck with new dies.
What Is MS69?
NGC's grading standards place a grade of MS69 (or PF69 for proof coins) just below the maximum of 70 on the Sheldon grading scale. For a coin to miss out on a perfect score means that there was/were small imperfection(s) that likely were found only under a magnifying glass:
- 70:A coin with no post-production imperfections at 5x magnification.
- 69: A fully struck coin with nearly imperceptible imperfections.
- 68: Very sharply struck with only miniscule imperfections.
The design of the American Gold Eagle honors one of the most celebrated coins in American history: the 1907-1932 Double Eagle $20 gold coin of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. In this immortal design, Lady Liberty strides confidently towards the viewer. (In fact, this coin is uncommonly known as "Striding Liberty".) In one hand she proffers the Torch of Liberty, while holding an olive branch symbolizing Peace in the other. The stylized rays of a rising sun fill the sky behind her. The U.S. Capitol is depicted in the left-middle distance when viewing the coin. The entire scene is surrounded by fifty six-pointed stars around the rim, representing the fifty United States. The year date 2019 is struck on the lower right side of the coin, with the overlapping ASG initials of Augustus Saint-Gaudens below.
The reverse of the American Gold Eagle was an original design by American artist Miley Busiek (now Miley Tucker-Frost). Her portrayal of a family of bald eagles was based on her design for small statues that were given as special gifts at Ronald Reagan's first Presidential Inaugural. In this scene, the male eagle is returning to the nest with an olive branch in his talons. The female is shielding two chicks with her wings. This was the fime in US history that multiple eagles had appeared on a coin.
The eagles are flanked on the left by the motto of the United States: E Pluribus Unum - out of many, one. On the opposite side of the coin is the motto In God We Trust. The scene is capped by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA arching along the top rim. At the bottom of the rim, the weight 1 oz Fine Gold, and denomination 50 Dollars are displayed. Note that the American Gold Eagle coins are made from 22K gold. This purity still falls under the heading of "fine gold".
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