The American Eagle Gold Coin is a United States bullion coin. It was first struck in 1986 by the US Mint. Weights are 1/10, 1/4, 1/2 and 1 fine ounce. The coin has 22-karat, which is 91.67 per cent gold. The rest is copper and silver to increase the durability of the coin. The coins are legal tender, with a face value of 50 dollar for the one-ounce coin.
The obverse side of the American Eagle shows Lady Liberty, holding a torch in her right hand. The other hand is with an olive twig. The reverse side depicts a male eagle with an olive twig as well. Below is a bird net with a female eagle and a chick.
Lady Liberty was designed in 1907 for a previous coin. The designer is the Irish-born American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Miley Busiek (Miley Tucker-Frost) is the artist of the male eagle motive on the reverse side which was exclusively designed for this American Gold Eagle.
Coins minted from 1986 until 1991 were dated with Roman numerals. By law the gold must come from the United States. Uncirculated Gold Eagles can be directly purchased from the West Point Mint. They bear the “W” print mark on the reverse site.