2021 1 oz American Gold Eagle BU Type 2
The American Gold Eagle is one of the most popular gold bullion coins in the world! The Gold Eagle was introduced in 1986 as the official gold bullion coin of the United States of America. Bullion investors and collectors immediately took advantage of the opportunity to invest in U.S. legal tender gold coinage.
A Fresh Perspective
This beautifully stunning coin was globally received with high praise upon its inaugural 1986 release. Fine bullion coin collectors and bulk stackers alike prize American Gold Eagles. This value is recognized not only for their stability even in unstable times, but also for their beauty. Of course, that beauty is even more appreciated when you closely consider the history and story the design represents.
At 35 years in, this brand new 2021 1 oz American Gold Eagle BU Type 2 unveils a fresh perspective, introducing a completely new reverse design. As with the 2021 American Silver Eagles design change, production timing made it necessary to issue a 2021 ASE Type 1 (without the new design) and a Type 2 with the new design. We are now in that cycle with the 2021 American Gold Eagle.
Lady Liberty – Graceful, Proud, Strong
The obverse design is based on the Saint-Gaudens' Double Eagle, introduced into circulation in 1907. The Double Eagle was produced from 1907-1933, and to this day is considered the most beautiful design ever produced by the U.S. Mint. Saint-Gaudens’ iconic design was adapted to feature on the original Gold American Eagles.
Lady Liberty stands gracefully, yet proud and strong under the banner of Liberty. With the first rays of the sun rising behind her, she looks out at the dawn of a bright future. Elegantly draped with a flowing, full-length gown, Liberty displays a strong, resolute confidence. The glory of her long hair is tossed beautifully in waves behind her, captured in the breeze.
In her right hand she raises a lighted torch high before her. The torch not only lights the path forward, but also bears witness to the liberty and freedom for which she stands. In the same manner, our Lady grasps the olive branch of peace in her left hand. She holds it out prominently before the Nations of the world, to make clear just how highly she prizes that peace.
The Eagle – Magnificent & Powerful
The newly updated reverse of the coin features a highly-detailed, profiled head-shot of a magnificent bald eagle. Every aspect of the new featured Eagle design reflects a sense of watchful strength. Inscriptions include, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA . E PLURIBUS UNUM . IN GOD WE TRUST . 50 DOLLARS . 1 OZ. FINE GOLD."
- 2021 1 oz American Gold Eagle BU Type 2.
- Contains 1 Troy oz of actual gold content in BU condition.
- Face value 50 Dollars.
- Obverse: Features an adapted Saint-Gaudens' Liberty figure, raising a torch in her right hand and olive branch in her left, with the dawn's early light rising behind her. A depiction of the U.S. Capitol building is shown in distance, positioned in the coin's lower left. Inscriptions include "Liberty" encircling the top of the coin, and the release year in the lower right.
- Reverse: Displays a detailed head shot of a bald eagle. Inscriptions include, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA . E PLUIBUS UNUM . IN GOD WE TRUST . 50 DOLLARS . 1 OZ FINE GOLD."
- Individual coins come in protective plastic flips.
Congress, under the 1985 American Eagle Bullion Program, authorized the production and manner of distribution of the coins. President Ronald Reagan was quick to sign it into law. The intent of the Program was to provide a convenient and cost effective means for investors to purchase precious metals. The U.S. Government guarantees the weight, content, and purity of Gold Eagles. These were the first legal tender gold bullion coins to be produced in the U.S. since 1933.
Select From Four Styles
Since the launch of the series, different versions of Gold Eagle coins have been offered for investors and collectors. The Bullion coins carry a standard finish and are considered to be precious metals investment coins. These are not sold directly to the public, but are distributed through a network of authorized purchasers. This network provides efficient distribution as well as a two-way market for the bullion coins.
Proof Gold Eagles have been offered for collectors since 1986. These coins are manufactured through a specialized minting process, which includes multiple strikes with specially prepared dies to create a high quality finish. Proof coins generally display a cameo finish, where raised elements of the design are frosted and the background fields are mirrored. In 2006 the U.S. Mint issued a special Reverse Proof Gold Eagle, which features the opposite effect.
In more recent years, the U.S. Mint has offered a second numismatic version for collectors. These Burnished collectible uncirculated coins are struck on specially burnished blanks, resulting in a finish similar to the bullion version. The burnished coins contain the "W" mint mark on the obverse for clear differentiation. This style was offered from 2006 to 2008, canceled for two years, and then resumed from 2011 to present.
Select From Four Denominations
American Gold Eagle Coins are offered in four different sizes. The most popular size contains one troy ounce of gold content, with the remaining three options containing a standard fractional weight. Each size has a different legal tender face value.
- 1 oz: $50 face value.
- 1/2 oz: $25 face value.
- 1/4 oz: $10 face value.
- 1/10 oz: $5 face value.
All four denominations have been offered as bullion versions since the series was launched in 1986. Proof coins were initially only available in the 1 oz size. In the second year of issue the 1/2 oz size was added. In the third year, the remaining 1/4 and 1/10 oz sizes were offered as proofs. The collectible uncirculated versions of the coins were initially offered in all denominations from 2006 to 2008. From 2011 to present, however, only the 1 oz size has been issued.
Gold Eagles are struck with a durable composition of 22 karat gold. Originally developed in 1526 in England, this composition became known as "Crown Gold." Coins minted in 22 karat gold are much more durable, and show less wear over the years. It is comprised of 91.67% gold, 3% silver, and 5.33% copper. Gold Eagles are produced so that each size contains its stated Troy weight in pure gold.
Size and weight of each denomination:
- 1 oz: Diameter 1.287" Weight 1.0909 oz Gold Content 1.0 Troy oz.
- 1/2 oz: Diameter 1.063" Weight 0.5455 oz Gold Content 0.500 Troy oz.
- 1/4 oz: Diameter 0.866" Weight 0.2727 oz Gold Content 0.250 Troy oz.
- 1/10 oz: Diameter 0.650" Weight 0.1091 oz Gold Content 0.100 Troy oz.