The United States Mint opened orders for the always eagerly awaited American Eagle Gold Proof Coins. 2008 marks the twenty-second year for the collector series of four 22-karat coins.
Each of the four sized collector gold proof coins bear the "W" mintmark to indicate they were minted at West Point – the facility responsible for the entire family of American Eagle proof and uncirculated coins in gold, silver, and platinum.
Coin designs, sculptors and themes
The coin bears the distinctive designs of Augustus Saint-Gaudens‘ rendition of Liberty, recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful designs, and sculptor Miley Busiek’s equally majestic golden eagle scene meant to symbolize family tradition and unity.
The obverse or heads side of the proof coin shows Liberty with flowing hair and holding a torch in one hand and an olive branch in the other. The reverse or tails side of the coin has an image of a male eagle carrying an olive branch and flying above a nest with a female eagle and her hatchlings.
Mintage, prices, limits, sizes and past American Eagle sales
As is traditional, the proof coins have production limits in place. The one-ounce, half-ounce, quarter-ounce and tenth-ounce coins may be purchased separately or together in a four-coin set.
Gold prices affect American Eagle sales
The price of collector proof coins will always exceed their bullion value. However, new bullion coin prices can move up or down based on their content. In fact, the U.S. Mint has suspended bullion coin sales several times to readjust their prices due to changing gold and platinum prices.
For a perspective, London gold closed at 984.75 an ounce on March 4, 2008, the day the Mint started selling the 2008 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins. (Check for the latest live silver, gold and platinum spot prices.)
2007 American Eagle bullion sales figures
According to Mint figures, the following quantities of 2007 American Eagle bullion coins were sold (includes uncirculated versions):
American Eagle gold proof coins may be ordered on the Mint page:
Orders may also be placed using the Mint’s toll free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech-impaired customers may place orders and inquiries through TTY at 1-888-321-MINT (6468).