American Gold Eagle coins are one of the most popular bullion investments in the world and as such have a high liquidity which makes them easy to buy and sell. With just 58,000 half ounce coins minted in 2013, the American Eagle promises to be a prime investment. The ½ oz. coins have a 91.7% fineness and a face value of $25 although are worth much more with current bullion prices. This is a great opportunity for investors to diversify your investment portfolio and hedge against inflation.
Gold American Eagles are one of the most recognised bullion coins in the world and have been a popular choice with investors and collectors since they were first introduced in 1986. Gold of course has proven to be an essential investment tool for centuries and still represents a powerful asset in any investment portfolio. Boasting half a troy ounce of 22 karat gold, the 2013 ½ American Eagles are no exception. With a relatively low mintage of just 58,000 produced by the US Mint, this coin is considered as a collector's item thus will command an excellent price in a strong bullion market. Gold Eagles are legal tender in the United States meaning their purity and gold content are backed by US government – a significant factor that makes them a valuable asset around the world, particularly countries that use the US dollar as their prime currency. Therefore, when the time comes for you to cash in on your American Eagles, you will not experience any problems finding a buyer willing to pay a good price.
The intricate design of the American Eagle coin is heavy in symbolism and uses a representation of the “double eagle" design originally authorised personally by President Theodore Roosevelt to salvage weak US coinage in the early years of the 20th Century.
The reverse side depicts a family of Eagles, a symbolic creature that represents the United States and its citizens. The Eagle represents strength and stability and the male is depicted in the 2013 edition carrying an olive branch in its beak whilst the female protects their young in the nest. The symbolic nature of this image reflects the revival of the US economy which began to show signs of improvement in 2012 following a recession caused by a banking collapse in 2008. America could start to rebuild again. The reverse side also states the country of origin across the top and confirms the ½ oz. weight of fine gold along the bottom together with the face value of $25. Encased to the left of the image are the Latin words E PLURIBUS UNUM which means “one out of many" and is the motto of the US Congress. To the right of the nest are the words “IN GOD WE TRUST." Underneath the nest are two sets of initials, MB to the left acknowledging the artist Miley Busiek, and to the right is the “W" mint mark indicating the coins were struck in the West Point Mint located near the US Military Academy in New York State.
On the obverse side of the coin is Lady Liberty confidently striding forward holding her torch which represents the flame of knowledge being passed to humans by the Gods and an olive branch representing peace and good will. In the background the rising sun cast rays of light on a new day. The obverse side also shows the year of issue and has fifty stars engraved around the edge representing the 50 states. In the bottom left corner we see the Capitol Hill building where Congress meet to discuss political issues and is also crowned with the ancient Babylonian version of the Goddess Liberty, where she was known as Athena.
The modern versions of American Eagle gold coins were authorised under the Gold Bullion Act of 1985 and has been available for private investment since 1986. The Act also declares that these iconic coins can only be made from gold sourced in the United States of America. They are typically alloyed with silver and copper to improve the robustness. The United States however has produced gold coins since the passing of the Coinage Act in 1792 and the first American Eagles were struck three years later in 1795. The 22 karat gold alloy was actually adopted from the English crown and was standard procedure in the 19th Century, although until the revival of the American Eagle, crown gold coins had not been minted in the United States since 1834. The original American Eagle gold coin soared again in 1986 when they were reintroduced back into worldwide circulation to support the increasing demand for gold bullion as a private investment and since then have consistently proven a popular choice amongst investors and collectors.
The US Mint uses advanced minting techniques that make it extremely difficult for would-be forgers to replicate American Eagle coins without the counterfeit being identified. Investors can therefore buy these coins with confidence.
CoinInvest buy and sell American Eagle coins and are always keen to here from investors looking to cash in on your asset. If you do have any American Eagle ½ oz gold coins for sale, contact us now for a fixed fee offer. If you want to buy the half-ounce American Eagle, indicate the number of coins you would like to purchase and add to your cart by clicking on the orange strip to the right of the image at the top of the page. All you need to do then is tell us where to send the product and input your payment details.
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