by Christina Goldman
American Eagle Gold Proof Sets are absolutely perfect for the gold bullion collector who truly wants to own a gorgeous keepsake version of each of the American Eagle Gold Bullion coin. Each of these stunning American Eagle Gold Bullion Proof Four Coin Sets contain a 1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce, and a 1/10th ounce proof coin.
Just the Facts
- Each coin in the American Eagle Gold Bullion Proof Four Coin Set is considered to be legal tender.
- Each coin consists of 91.67% gold (22 karat).
- The content and weight of each gold proof coin is actually backed by the United States Government.
- Each American Eagle Gold Proof Set is available in limited mintage. The 2008 Gold Eagle Proof Set has a production limit of just 35,000.
- The four coins in each proof set has a different face value, measurement, gold content, and weight.
The American Eagle gold coin is a true masterpiece. The front of the coin, or the obverse, showcases a rendering of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ tall, full figure of Libery, complete with long, free-flowing hair. In her right hand, Liberty is carrying a torch and in her left, an olive branch. The design featured on the back of the coin, or the reverse, was created by sculptor Miley Busiek. Here, a male eagle can be seen carrying an olive branch and flying high above a female eagle and her hatchlings in their nest.
Each Coin is Different
The one (1) oz. coin has a fifty dollar face value. It measures 1.287 inches in diameter, contains one troy ounce of gold and has a weight of 1.0909 troy ounces.
The one-half (1/2) oz. coin has a twenty-five dollar face value. It measures 1.063 inches in diameter, contains 0.5000troy ounces of gold and has a weight of 0.5455 troy ounces.
The one-quarter (1/4) oz. coin has a ten dollar face value. It measures 0.866 inches in diameter, contains 0.2500 troy ounces of gold and has a weight of 0.2727 troy ounces.
The one-tenth (1/10th) oz. coin has a five dollar face value. It measures 0.650 inches in diameter, contains 0.1000 troy ounces of gold and has a weight of 0.1091 troy ounces
Why Buy Proof
I believe it is worth paying the extra cost to invest in the proof version as opposed to the regular bullion coin. Proof coins will increase in value, over the general rise in the price of gold, as they have a smaller circulation and special appeal for coin collectors. The American Eagle Gold Proof is an impressive coin to behold. The special processing technique used to make the proof creates a coin that has a very attractive, beautiful, imposing look.
Where To Buy
You can choose to purchase the 2008 American Eagle Gold Proof Set from the U.S. Mint. Collectors seeking to add the previous dated sets to their collection will have to do a bit of searching.
Many of the older, hard-to-find sets can be found for sale online, via the online auction site, eBay. Ebay is a very cost effective and convenient way of obtaining proof sets. Before purchasing any American Eagle Gold Proof Set, make sure the seller is a reputable one and has a history of positive feedback.