2021 American Eagle Gold and Silver Coin Candidate Designs Unveiled

by Mike Unser on June 19, 2020 · 33 comments

The United States Mint unveiled candidate designs to replace the imagery on reverses of American Eagle gold and silver coins.

2021 American Eagle gold and silver coin reverse candidate design examples

One of 39 proposed candidate designs for new reverses (tails side) of American Eagle gold and silver coins

Introduced in 1986, the Mint’s program of American Eagle coins quickly achieved worldwide fame because of their beauty and guaranteed precious metal weight, content and purity. They have always featured their original designs except for the change in date for each year of their release.

The newly selected designs will be coupled with yet to be revealed anti-counterfeiting technology, appearing first on bullion editions in 2021 and follow sometime later on proof and uncirculated versions for collectors.

Thirty-Nine Candidate Designs

Thirty-nine pairings of the proposed reverse designs have been unveiled with one version for each type of coin. The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) reviewed the designs on Thursday, June 18. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will offer their recommendations on Tuesday, June 23. Each design depicts an eagle or eagles.

The following U.S. Mint line art images show the proposed reverse designs for the American Gold Eagle. Candidate designs for the American Silver Eagle are the same with exceptions of their inscribed face value, their precious metal content, and their lack of the "IN GOD WE TRUST" since this inscription already appears on the coin’s obverse side.

American Eagle gold coin reverse candidates. Designs #1, #2, #3, #5, #6, #7, #8, #10, #11, #11A, #12, and #12A.

American Eagle gold coin reverse candidates. Designs #1, #2, #3, #5, #6, #7, #8, #10, #11, #11A, #12, and #12A.

American Eagle gold coin reverse candidates. Designs #13, #15, #16, #18, #18A, #19, #19A, #20, #21, #22, #23, and #24.

American Eagle gold coin reverse candidates. Designs #13, #15, #16, #18, #18A, #19, #19A, #20, #21, #22, #23, and #24.

American Eagle gold coin reverse candidates. Designs #25, #27, #27A, #28, #28A, #29, #30, #31, #32, #33, #34, and #35.

American Eagle gold coin reverse candidates. Designs #25, #27, #27A, #28, #28A, #29, #30, #31, #32, #33, #34, and #35.

American Eagle gold coin reverse candidates. Designs #36, #37 and #38.

American Eagle gold coin reverse candidates. Designs #36, #37 and #38.

Pairings of all 39 candidate designs are published here.

CoinNews will follow up later with an article discussing CFA and CCAC design recommendations.

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FRANK W KISSEL

If looking for five finalists…suggest 19A, 27, 27A, 28A and 33.

Seth Riesling

The eagle’s clipped left wing just doesn’t look right & the almost bare oak branch is simply unappealing. (Referring to the top two photos in this article).

NumisdudeTX

Dustyroads

My bet is on the two eagles nestling (16). Done well, the feathers will be beautiful, and should look magnificent on a coin.

Dorothy Whelchel

5 or 38

TAL

#35 would tie nicely to the 100th anniversary of the PEACE dollar. Especially since there does not appear to be much traction for a commemorative of the 1921 silver dollars. Hopefully the new design will be used for many years to come unlike the platinum and other designs that change annually.

Frank Brown

33 has a really nice look with the eagle and the stars

Excellence Always

The current Silver $1 Eagle is a classic design, timeless in its beauty. The designs of contemporary stylized eagles is a mismatch to the coin’s centuries-old theme of heraldic eagle emblems that have been around since President Washington threw one across the river. None of these designs are fitting to what the American Silver Dollar has been to America and the world. Save the modern twist to those American Liberty coins

K ROB

absolutely! and all the designs with the eagle’s wing feathers clipped should be scrapped. an eagle’s wings should never be clipped.at least they didn’t go all pc on these designs(did they?)

Excellence Always

I’m troubled by the departure from American coin’s past designs representing laurels OR arrows to laurels AND arrows PLUS America’s symbol having clipped wings. Nor do the bare branches represent growth and prosperity. These are very disappointing designs of America’s very important icons.

K ROB

very observant.but if you look around this country today, America’s icons,symbols,and statues of the past are being destroyed whether they be good or bad.you shouldn’t expect anything different from the coin designers or the Mint.TROUBLING TIMES INDEED.

Greg

Totally agree

Chas. Barber

Agreed, why not employ a design based on the 1794 FLowing head $1 or 1795 Eagle ….. or from the great # of fantastic deigns from the past, seems like there are mostly teenagers & digital artisit making this stuff up, too ANTISEPTIC (no apologies C19!!)

Greg

Definitely 23, 33, or 34

DHarris

The designs need more professional attention.

Chas. Barber

you think? Grade school stuff…..

domenic

I really like 31…but i would prefer the Peace dollars Eagle

Chris

Too bland and generic looking! Why dont they try instead of a design mocking the old platinum eagles, why don’t they try something different like an eagle about to clutch a snake on the ground? The flying eagle is too over worked and used,,, these choices are too close and too boring

Chris

Another thing they aren’t thinking,,, these designs will eat the dies alive.. They need to read the history of the standing liberty quarter and the backfire design it took on dies and wear and tear,, the cost alone to manufacture these designs will cost more than what the metal and labor costs! These are actually investment coins, and the numbers will be so low and horribly expensive!

Richard Margolis

This design will be produced in the millions for the bullion coin, lesser amounts for the proof and burnished. There may be less of the 70 grade coins and more in the mid to upper 60’s if the design is so complicated

Robert Thompson

#8 and #37 are particularly appealing. Only a few “definite NO’s” in the group.

Chuck Packett

I do not see why they want to change the reverse designs, maybe its so the U.S. mint can copyright them to prevent copying by other producers. If they must change them, please make sure each has its own design, not one they share as the baseball, moon landing and basketball coins do.
When it comes to the denomination I prefer that it be spelled out as on the classic coins: One Dollar, Fifty Dollars or 50 Dollars.

Aaron Doughty

34 is perfect for the Gold, albeit it needs adjustments. The Eagle should be centered and that $50 should not be such a focal point, it needs to be smaller and below In God We Trust. There should also be a clear boundry between the Bordering and the Eagle, something similar to the Perth Swan design.

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K ROB

something about this design reminds me of the British “the Queens Beasts” series. the GRIFFIN!

sam tweedy

That is true,the 1oz Proof Dragon was one great design. Try to find one of those, only 6000 made. I was lucky enough to get 2 when they first came out.

Aaron Doughty

Subtle changes

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Sturgeon

When the Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee are involved — NOTHING good can result

Gary D

I have to go with 31A, second choice would be 8A. Although knowing the mint they’ll pick the one nobody likes.

Steve

None of them are fitting for this coin! Stay with the current reverse design.

Chas. Barber

##25 & 36. I do not care for the one “they” prefer, which is what the USM & their people do, figure out which will be the least popular design & choose it. Likely up set they can’t add a PC component…..

Chas. Barber

I saw these today again, they really SUCK…. kinda like a draw by #s pic……where have all the artist gone???

Peidmont

Maybe some have gone to the Perth Mint, or private mints that don’t stifle creative, and aesthetic designs.

Seth Riesling

Former Chief Sculptor-Engraver of the U.S. Mint left and went to the Perth Mint Australia.& does projects… – John M. Mercanti.

NumisdudeTX

Piedmont

I like the Wedge-tailed Eagle series.