Classic 2021-W Proof American Gold Eagles Launch

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Today, March 11, the United States Mint at Noon EST will release products featuring 2021-W Proof American Gold Eagles bearing original, classic designs. Options include four different sizes/denominations and a four-coin set.

US Mint product images Classic 2021-W $50 Proof American Gold Eagle
U.S. Mint product images of their classic 2021-W $50 Proof American Gold Eagle

Expect enhanced demand for these coins as they are the last to carry pairing of their original designs. These designs have remained unchanged since the inaugural release of the series in 1986. That combination will change later this year as the U.S. Mint will introduce American Gold Eagles with a new reverse design to mark the series’ 35th anniversary.

Of note, the Mint will also issue American Silver Eagles carrying a new reverse. The classic design pairing of the 2021-W Proof Silver Eagle debuted last month and saw an almost immediate sell out — for both the individual coin and the Congratulations Set which contained the strike.

Time will tell if collectors are as willing to shell out more cash for the Gold Eagles to insure they get their hands on the final classic design combination.

2021 Gold Eagle Designs and Specifications

Obverses (heads side) of these gold coins bear Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ full-length figure of Liberty. Liberty is seen with with flowing hair while holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. This design has been a favorite of collectors since it was first seen on the 1907-1933 $20 gold coins.

2017-W $50 Proof American Gold Eagle, Encapsulated
This CoinNews photo shows an older-issued proof $50 American Gold Eagle within its protective capsule. Since introduced in 1986, the gold coins have shared the same obverse and reverse designs.

Above the walking figure is the inscription of LIBERTY. To the right is the date of 2021 and a ‘W’ mintmark indicating the coin was struck at the West Point Mint.

Designed by Miley Busiek’s, coin reverses (tails side) feature a male eagle carrying an olive branch, flying above a nest containing a female eagle and eaglets. It is this design that will be replaced in the later issues.

2017-W $50 Proof American Gold Eagle, Reverse
The above CoinNews photo shows the reverse side of a proof American Gold Eagle. Designed by Miley Frances Busiek, it features the “Family of Eagles” motif, symbolizing family tradition and unity. Fourthcoming American Gold Eagles will carry a different eagle design.

Reverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and IN GOD WE TRUST. Also inscribed on the reverse are the coin’s precious metal weight and legal tender face value.

Coin Specifications

All four sizes of the coin, including those of the four-coin set, are composed of 22-karat gold. Specifications for each appear below:

$50 $25 $10 $5
Composition 22 Karat Gold (91.67% Gold
3.0% Silver
Balance Copper)
Weight 1.0909 troy oz.
(33.931 grams)
0.5455 troy oz.
(16.966 grams)
0.2727 troy oz.
(8.483 grams)
.1091 troy oz.
(3.393 grams)
Diameter 1.287 inches
(32.70 mm)
1.063 inches
(27.00 mm)
0.866 inch
(22.00 mm)
0.650 inch
(16.50 mm)
Thickness 0.113 inch
(2.87 mm)
0.085 inch
(2.15 mm)
0.070 inch
(1.78 mm)
0.049 inch
(1.26 mm)
Edge Reeded

 

Limits, Price and Ordering

The table below offers mintages and limits. It also shows the price of each individual coin as well as the four-coin set. These prices are subject to change weekly based on the Mint’s precious metals coin pricing matrix. (The current product prices are based on the average LBMA price of an ounce of gold that sits within the range of $1,700.00 to $1,749.99.)

Product Option Product Limit Mintage Limit Price
2021 $50 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin (1 oz.) 4,500 12,700 $2,375.00
2021 $25 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin (1/2 oz.) 1,600 9,800 $1,205.00
2021 $10 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin (1/4 oz.) 2,700 10,900 $615.00
2021 $5 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin (1/10 oz.) 8,000 16,200 $260.00
2021 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins (Four-Coin Set) 8,200 N/A $4,410.00

The product limit is the maximum number of coins issued in that specific product whereas the mintage limit is the maximum number of coins of that denomination. For example, the product limit of the four-coin set has been established at 8,200. An additional 4,500 of the one-ounce coins will be available as an individual release giving the $50 coin a total mintage limit of just 12,700.

Classic 2021-W Proof American Gold Eagles and the four-coin set are available from the U.S. Mint’s online page of gold coins, located here.

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Jake

Thank you coin news. I got the 4 pack with a lot of lag. Hmmm some people Mr Ryder. Not too bad seeing as last year issue price was $4040.00

Jake

I’ll be satisfied upon delivery. I had it freeze twice. I logged in and stayed on my phone about 10 minutes prior to release. At the release time I encountered lag. It did want me to log back in but after clicking further into the site it still had me logged in on my phone and the item was still in my cart. I have all my CC info up to date prior to any release. So all in all that was a breeze. Thanks!

sam tweedy

Hurry Hurry before the “KING” of coin collecting Mike Mezack gets them all !!! You can only buy {ONE} He will have a “DEAL” for you !!!!!

MrP

And every American Eagle coin he sells will be THE……… SINGLE………RAREST………… AMERICAN EAGLE!

Jake

There is some new guy on TV hawking silver for an arm and a leg. I dont know his name, I’ll have to circle back with you, but he is just as bad as Mezack

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sam tweedy

I’m circling back to you,do you mean Shawn Leflar from ShopHQ in Bradenton Florida. He has all the shtick of “MEZACK”!!!! lol

sam tweedy

You are correct, Mr. Shawn Leflar is just a tad less annoying, but he is starting to get the repeat repeat repeat down pat. Mezack is still the “KING” of coin collecting just to make sure we all – UNDERSTAND!!! lol

Jake

Rick Tomaska is hawking silver coins for an arm and a leg. May possibly be worse than Mezack

sam tweedy

Can you repeat repeat repeat !!!!!!! I could not have said it better !!!!! lol

TRB

I have now completely given up on the U.S. Mint. Immediately at noon I put an order in for the four coin set. Took me all the way to where the order was being processed and then went to a “page can’t be found” screen. Tried again, and the same thing happened. Tried a third time and set was then shown as sold out. No excuse for such website failures.

Mike

I went on the web site had my account set up added it to my bag tried to check out then it asked for my account again logged in again then it came up account is unavailable.I am so tired of the US mint playing there games they have it set up to make sure only certain people get certain coins.

Linda

Me too. The US Mint is making this all about “Low Mintages” so Dealers and People selling them on eBay can make a fortune and True Collectors are getting the shaft. They don’t care or they would not being doing this.

Jon

This is BS. I had one of each in my cart, but then they one by one got pulled out because the website kept crashing. BS!

Jake

I was very patient and had my purchase completed within 5 minutes. There was a lot of lag but I expected that one.

Mike

I tried calling customer service and get nothing but a busy signal. My guess is they are on there phones calling all there friends and dealers telling them to come by and pick the coins up and all the loyal customers are just out of luck.

Steve

No phone sales lately but these were all but sold out anyway 3 days ago. The major dealers got what they wanted and didn’t have to be online at noon. They just place the order for their allotment and its plenty. Everyone should really think about it before buying. Why put money in their pockets especially that we don’t get an even chance. If everyone had the same opportunity to get one that would be fine. Win some loose some. But now you better plan on loosing every time. The occasional collector will get lucky but the bulk have gone… Read more »

Richard

I know they don’t care but why doesn’t the Mint have a narrow window of availability, say 24 hours. The mintage becomes what coins are ordered during the window.

P.S. – I was lucky THIS TIME and got the 4-coin set. I haven’t been so lucky in the past.

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Keith

I was fortunate enough to score a 2021 1/10 oz. W Gold Eagle. Like others here, I also received the page not found screen several times after trying to complete the order, I thought I was going to get screwed but finally got an order confirmation. I’m happy as I’m a collector and not a dealer trying to double their money. The mint definitely needs to upgrade their website to handle the traffic.

Bob O

Man that’s a lot of money! I hope I can afford it. My order was quick, in and out, 5G mobile connection. Lucky collector I am. Will not be selling mine any time in the near future. Lucky grand kids

Peter Lowell Gordon

I experienced the same “page can’t be found” after getting the message “your order is processing” (for the 1/2 Ounce Coin), but on the third attempt I got my order confirmed. I then ordered the 1/10 Ounce Gold Coin and it went through the first time. This was all done between 9:00 am (PT) and 9:11 am (PT).

Both orders were confirmed via email about 1 hour later.

I too am a collector and these will stay with me (after grading).

Rich

Ever since the US Mint release of the 2019-S $1 Silver American Eagle Enhanced Reverse Proof Coin, the competition has become too stiff and skewed for the old “little guy” collector to order and acquire highly-sought-after key gold and silver coin products directly from the Mint through their online ordering system. For those who have spent 35 years building a collection of Gold and Silver American Eagles, to be tripped up like this in the final years hoping to complete the legacy journey, there are no words to describe the disappointment.

c_q

The mint premiums on these have gotten quite high – about $600 for the 1-oz coin. just a few years ago the premium was about half that. sure, maybe some folks will pop for even more than that on ebay because it is the ‘last year’ for this design, and then I suppose again for the ‘first year’ of the new design. but I’m not sure it’s really going to be worth these huge margins down the road.

Christopher

You can be sure that there will be unlimited mintage for the new designs. The mint used the low mintages on this release just to gin up demand for the new coins.

Andy

I am FINISHED with the US mint, my health department opened thousands of Covid vaccinations at noon last week, no crashes, and I was able to get an appointment. If a local health department can handle thousands of hits at once, why can’t th US Mint. This has been going on for almost a decade, the 2014 Kennedy fiasco was 7 years ago and things keep getting worse.

BWilson

I too received the “page not found” message upon completion of trying to order a half ounce and for one ounce. Thus, I tried for 1/10 ounce and WAS successful! Excited to own a tiny piece of history.

Roxie60

Thought I would see if by chance any of the proofs went on sale this AM. At 735A the button went red, I added it to my bag, check out, hit the purchase button (3-5 secs) boom….out of product, remove from bag msg….ARGH….so close, seriously… 5 secs

Roxie60

BTW, it was for the 1/4oz proof

Steve

Most of these were already spoken for 3 or 4 days ago when the dealers ordered what they wanted. The mint had to put them up for sale at noon just for appearances. How many were really left at noontime for the collector? I hate leaving comments like this because this is for collectors to talk about their latest finds and it should feel good to read about it. But it’s all changed now. You just look at ebay and for any given low mintage modern release you can see page after page with the same dealers selling hundreds of… Read more »

Big T

all of the folks who write on here that the mint sells these to dealers prior to the public sale at noon EST is simply misinformed or intentionally spreading misinformation. For the proof sets this is simply NOT TRUE. Only the bullion (non proof) coins were released prior. Amazing how much sour grapes are on here – if anything the “little guy” should be happy that these coins are in high demand because it makes their collection more valuable and higher demand. You can’t have it both ways – either buy the Barbara Bush coin and be happy with plentiful… Read more »

Big T

I was speaking of the gold eagles, not the silver eagle.

Charlie

Big T Im sorry to tell you but you are the one that is misinformed or living under a rock the past couple of weeks. There are 18 Authorized Dealers that are being sold their allotments of the PROOF COLLECTOR VERSIONS of chosen mint products because they spend more than a half a mil with the US MINT. Thats the ALL NEW ADVANCE RELEASES label the grading companies are using. All These labels have a very low POPULATION. You need to purchase your new coins with the LOW POPULATION LABELS, we arent using mintage numbers anymore. Lets get with the… Read more »

Chas. Barber

Big T you’re WRONG…..Authorized dealers got the gold proof 4coin set the day before. The big boys got to buy their 2021 ASE ProofW the day before w/out limits. the lack of HH limits on the ASE & the Tuskeegee puck to come mean the quick sellout & a flipper fest… bots rule we only see the broken chips they leave behind…

Big T

I was not speaking of the ASE. The authorized dealers do get the gold 4coin set (which is customary) but it was traditionally very limited. But all the coins sold out quickly – and for the 1/2 oz gold proof, for example, there was no dealer pre-sale that I am aware. These were the coins I was referring to in my post.

Seth Riesling

Reports are the 18 coin dealers who are in the Mint’s new advance purchase program & pay a 5% premium over issue price on these gold & silver Proof coins, & have to pick them up at the Mint’s fulfillment warehouse in Memphis at their own expense, are still in numismatic “orgasm mode”! Lol.

NumisdudeTX

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Seth Riesling

Lol. Or call Pfizer’s Viagra hotline…or if that priapism prolonged side effect occurs, “just call me” as the old joke goes…I make house calls and accept rare coins & precious metals as tips!

NumisdudeTX

Seth Riesling

Lol. “One ringy dingy…Is this the party to whom I am speaking?” – Ernestine (actress, comedian & fantastic Lesbian role model Lily Tomlin).
Just put another dime in the pay phone…but not an 1894-S !!

NumisdudeTX

Seth Riesling

It still amazes me that pay phones & juke boxes took only a dime for many, many years before increasing to a quarter.

NumisdudeTX

Big T

I was referring to the gold coins – which is what the article is about. The W proof ASE can be sold to dealers but usually this is NOT the case with the S proof (and lower mintages). The exception this time was the novelty of the last reverse – but I don’t think this will happen with the S mint ASE proof.

Gerald Haefling

Here is what CoinWorld reported: The newly implemented Authorized Bulk Purchase Program allowed the 18 participating dealers to place orders before March 11, each for a maximum of 45 of the four-coin sets and 25 of the single 1-ounce gold Proof coins. Dealers qualifying for the ABPP have purchased $500,000 in U.S. Mint numismatic products for each of the last two years. The prices for gold Proof coins purchased early included a 5 percent premium above the retail issue price, plus the cost of picking up the products March 8 at the Mint’s contracted order fulfillment outlet, PFSweb, in Memphis,… Read more »

Bpierce

Has anyone noticed that the 2021 gold proof coins are not really selling well on eBay? Why the lack of interest l?

Seth Riesling

They are common, not rare. And vastly overpriced at the Mint’s issue price!

NumisdudeTX

Bpierce

I have no intention of flipping it myself but I did think that as a rather low mintage and the last of the series there would be more interest.

Chas. Barber

They are withing the mintage #s for Proof AGEs over the past few years, some less, how many proof AGE collectors are there & are they wlling to get ripped off by the mint, by the shysters buying out th mint & reselling for profit$…..nahh I used to get the proofs all the time, I stopped when it was clear a year set is pricey….. just wait the prices will fall see the 2021 ASE proof, ssales are brisk but price dropped, V75 hollding but I refuse it was a scam release by the Ryder Bunch…. funny some poster praise… Read more »

Lonnie

It all comes down to buy it or move on

Roxie60

I must be missing the logical boat on these. I have never bought proof gold eagles directly from the mint (for all the reasons most already know) until these became available (for a few minutes, sarc). It seemed to me for these reasons these would be good coins to own, 1. Limited mintage compared to past years 2. Last version with retiring reverse 3. High quality proof version 4. Gold, real money I understand they are over priced, as usual, given current spot gold paper price, but what am I missing that many seem to unlove this set (reflected in… Read more »

Bpierce

I don’t understand myself. Especially after there was such interest in the ASE last of series. Maybe people are just waiting for their stimulus checks?

Chas. Barber

IF gold ever exceed the $2,600 price f these they will be bullion value, there is a slight market for proof AGE$, only time will tell…. hard to pay $2,600z for $170 worth of the yellow stuff

Bpierce

I thought we were all collectors here? What collectible item can’t be dismissed as just some stuff, yellow or otherwise? Some people collect certain stuff they value. That’s why they’re called collectors.

cagcrisp

2021 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 4,475
2021 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ. 1,583
2021 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/4 OZ. 2,675
2021 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/10 OZ. 7,953
2021 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 4-COIN SET 8,085

Roxie60

Thanks for the status update

Roxie60

I’m wondering with so few individual coins left they might be sold out by end of the week thus making the 4coin a bit more valuable until they sell out (next week? Unless a whale comes along). I also expect fireworks tomorrow afternoon when the FED chair speaks following the FOMC mtg. We might get clue this afternoon/evening when they tell their friends their decisions so they can front run the news(I know just conspiracy talk ) I think the FED is between a rock & hard place. Unless they pull another rabbit out of their backsides. In any case… Read more »

Jake

Thanks CC

Roxie60

Looks like these went available again this morning at 730am for about 5 seconds. Even with the Mint limiting access to the final few available (given the report CC provided from 3/14/21 sales) I would think the 1/2 & 1/4 coins should be getting the SOLD OUT sign before the end of the week .

Charlie

The boys opened the Coin Vault with the latest exciting release from the US MINT!!! The brand new first time ever 2021 CLAD PROOF SET IN pROOF 70 ADVANCE RELEASES!!!! If you bought your proof 70 ADVANCE RELEASE 2021 W pROOF SILVER EAGLE you have to have this set to match. But there is a big problem!!! The POPULATION of these labels is far far less than the POPULATION of the possibly once in a lifetime labels on the PROOF SILVER EAGLES so not everyone will be able to have the ADVANCE RELEASED LABEL SET. So you need to hurry… Read more »

Roxie60

Lol

Big T

They were also selling graded bullion coins for like 85 bucks which is unbelievable. Grading them out of the tube and selling for premium MS69s and 70s but they are not the proofs they are the bullion coins made in the millions for bullion investors, not collectors.

Lonnie

The only thing i dont like is the US Mint is shipping all the gold coins USPS Smart Post, it is like snail mail