American Gold Eagle Bullion Coins

IRA Approved

If you want a coin that truly personifies America, the American Gold Eagle Bullion coin is an excellent choice. This coin features two of the most iconic American symbols: Lady Liberty and a bald eagle. At Birch Gold Group, you can diversify your savings and protect your purchasing power by purchasing American Gold Eagle Bullion coins today.

American Gold Eagle FAQs

What is an American Gold Eagle coin?

The American Gold Eagle coin is an homage to the historic Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle gold coin. Designed by the legendary sculptor and artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens. the 1907-1933 double eagle is considered one of the greatest American coins of all time. The modern American Gold Eagle is available in four different weights, including one-tenth oz., one-fourth oz., one-half oz., and one oz. While these varying coin weights have different total values, the ratios of metals in the coins are all the same.

How is the purity of an American Gold Eagle coin determined?

Unlike many gold coins, which are pure 0.9999 gold, American Gold Eagle coins are 22-karat gold. These coins are made from 91.67% gold, 5% copper, and 3% silver. This mixture of metals is what makes the American Gold Eagle one of the hardest gold coins, making it highly sought after because of its rich history and unique hardness.

Where can I buy American Gold Eagle coins?

The U.S. Mint doesn’t sell bullion-grade American Gold Eagle coins directly to the public, so you’ll have to find a gold or coin dealer if you want to buy a coin for yourself. At Birch Gold Group, you can be certain you’re getting an authentic American Gold Eagle coin directly from the U.S. Mint. Our team can help you weigh your options to find coins, whether gold, silver, platinum, or palladium, that match your needs.

What is the history of the American Gold Eagle coin?

While the American Gold Eagle coin was inspired by the old Double Eagle coin, its history began much later, in 1986. Made of 91% gold, the coin is issued in weights of 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, and 1 oz. Artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens and sculptor Miley Busiek both contributed to the coin; Saint-Gaudens’ epic rendition of Lady Liberty is on the front, and Busiek’s portrayal of a family of bald eagles is on the back.

The Gold Bullion Act of 1985 led to the creation of the modern Gold Eagle coin (an homage to America’s historic gold coinage, like the Gold Indian Head Eagle). The 1985 Gold Bullion Act, signed by Ronald Reagan, required that these magnificent coins be sourced only from U.S. gold. Coins struck between 1986 and 1991 use Roman numerals for the date, and starting in 1992, the coins were stamped with Arabic numerals (as is all U.S. currency).

On the gold American Eagle coin’s 35th anniversary (in 2021), the U.S. Mint redesigned the coin’s reverse. A close-up of a bald eagle’s profile replaces the original design of an eagle protecting its nest.

Following customary money issuance, American Gold Eagle coins come in various denominations, with face values of $5, $10, $25, and $50 – though they have never been circulated as actual currency. The gold content is guaranteed by the U.S. government, and as with all gold coins, the value of each is determined by market forces and thus has no relationship to its face value.

The American Gold Eagle proof coin is the limited-edition version of this coin, and can also be purchased for physical possession or placed into a Precious Metals IRA.

Is an American Gold Eagle coin a good investment?

Precious metals may be right to help protect your current savings. Many gold bullion coins are also collectible, which can cause them to increase in value over the years. Generally speaking, gold bars and rounds, as well as gold coins, are reliable stores of value as they are often used to hedge against inflation and can protect against market fluctuations that affect other assets. However, it’s important to buy from a professional gold dealer, such as Birch Gold Group, to ensure you’re buying an officially minted gold coin by the U.S. Mint.

Can an American Gold Eagle coin be added to a precious metals IRA?

If you’re looking to diversify your portfolio and protect your retirement savings, you can add your American Gold Eagle coins, along with other precious metals like silver and platinum, to a precious metals IRA. A precious metals IRA can be a great way to protect your savings from currency devaluation, volatility and inflation. At Birch Gold Group, a Precious Metals Specialist can work with you to help you open up your precious metals IRA without facing tax penalties or other complications.

Please note, Birch Gold’s selection of products rotates over time. To learn more about American Gold Eagle bullion coins, their availability and current pricing, please call us at (800) 355-2116.


A closer look at the American gold eagle bullion coin


Mint dates: 1986-present
Designer: Obverse, Augustus Saint-Gaudens; Reverse, Miley Busiek (1986-2021) and Jennie Norris (2021-current)
Composition: 91.67% gold, 3% silver, 5.33% copper

1/10 troy oz coin ($5)
Diameter: 16.50 mm
Thickness: 1.19 mm
Gross weight: 0.1091 troy oz (3.393 g)
1/4 troy oz coin ($10)
Diameter: 22 mm
Thickness: 1.83 mm
Gross weight: 0.2727 troy oz (8.483 g)
1/2 troy oz coin ($25)
Diameter: 27 mm
Thickness: 2.24 mm
Gross weight: 0.5454 troy oz (16.965 g)
1 troy oz coin ($50)
Diameter: 32.7 mm
Thickness: 2.87 mm
Gross weight: 1.0909 troy oz (33.93 g)