Debuting today from the United States Mint is the 2019-W $50 Uncirculated American Gold Eagle. The annually issued 22-karat gold coin becomes available beginning at Noon (ET).
The mintage limit for the collectible stands at 10,000 pieces, matching last year’s release. A household order limit of one has been established but that is expected to be dropped after the initial 24 hours of availability.
The U.S. Mint introduced the series of uncirculated American Gold Eagles in 2006. They bear the same designs as related proof and bullion Gold Eagles but feature an uncirculated finish, giving them a different appearance thanks to the use of burnished coin blanks and special coin dies.
Coin Designs and Specifications
The Saint-Gaudens’ Liberty design on the Gold Eagle’s obverse (heads side) is a favorite of many collectors. It first appeared on 1907-1933 $20 gold coins. Inscriptions surrounding the figure include LIBERTY, the year, and a ‘W’ indicating the coin’s production at the West Point Mint.
Miley Busiek created the design of eagles that appears on reverses (tails side). Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, IN GOD WE TRUST, the composition of 1 OZ. FINE GOLD, and the face value of 50 DOLLARS.
Additional specifications are as follows:
Gold Eagle Coin Specifications
|Composition:||91.67% Gold, 3.0% Silver, Balance Copper|
|Weight:||1.0909 troy oz. (33.931 grams)|
|Diameter:||1.287 inches (32.70 mm)|
|Thickness||0.113 inch (2.87 mm)|
|Mint Mark:||West Point — W|
Ordering and Pricing
2019-W $50 Uncirculated American Gold Eagles may be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint’s website page dedicated to gold coins, located here, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Pricing is $1,640 but that is subject to change weekly according to a matrix the U.S. Mint uses which ties its gold coin pricing to market conditions.
For reference, recent sales place the total sold of last year’s still available coin at 8,298 pieces. The 2017 edition topped out at 5,800.