To mark its 35th anniversary, the U.S. Mint has redesigned and updated the famous 1 oz gold American eagle coin. Coins struck in the first half of the year are classed as Type 1 (unchanged design), while the updated coins struck in the second half of the year are Type 2.
The obverse side of the Type 2 coin shows, as before, Walking Liberty designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. However, legacy details have been added to the image to reflect the artist’s initial vision more closely. The U.S. Mint returned to the artist’s original sculptures and dies to ensure these Type 2 American eagles fully reflect Saint-Gaudens’s vision. This includes rather subtle changes to the U.S. Capitol Building, stars, torch, sun rays, and other design aspects. It’s possible to mistake a Type 2 eagle for a Type 1 based only on the obverse.
On the reverse, the Type 2’s updates are unmistakable. We see the new design of an American bald eagle by Jennie Norris. The bird’s head is shown in profile in a highly detailed image that captures the fiercely hooked beak, wind-ruffled feathers, and stern gaze of the national bird of the United States. It’s a clear reminder that the bald eagle is a predator as well as a symbol.
The nominal face value of the coin is $50, inscribed in raised lettering along with the phrase “E Pluribus Unum,” meaning “out of many, one.” In addition, the phrase so familiar from American coinage and currency, “In God we trust,” appears above the eagle’s head.
The mint added anti-counterfeiting measures to the Type 2 eagle design in the form of a specially reeded edge along the coin’s rim. This makes producing unauthorized copies vastly more complex. Anti-counterfeiting measures can often add to the perceived value of a coin due to the added security they bring.
As before, each coin is struck in 0.9167 fine gold, an alloy known as “crown gold” and used for its superior resistance to wear and tear. Each coin weighs 1.0909 troy oz and contains one full troy ounce of gold.
The gold American eagle is perhaps the most well-known and widely sought-after coin from the U.S. Mint. The redesign has generated worldwide interest, with many investors striving to own coins struck in the first year of the new design. These coins are already in high demand, so if you want to add one to your collection, we strongly encourage you to act now.
- New redesign includes additional features and details on the obverse
- Completely redesigned reverse
- New anti-counterfeiting measures to increase the security of the coin
- Fully backed by the U.S. federal government
- 1.0909 troy oz 22kt crown gold alloy, containing one troy ounce of pure gold