Launching today from the United States Mint is the 2023-W $50 Uncirculated American Gold Eagle. Each coin is struck from 1 ounce of 22-karat gold (91.67 % gold; 3% silver, remainder copper) at the U.S. Mint’s facility in West Point, New York.
Mintage is capped at 10,000 units marking an increase of 1,000 from last year’s issue. However, the U.S. Mint has instituted an initial household order limit of three for the first 24 hours.
American Gold Eagles first debuted from the U.S. Mint in 1986 in both bullion and proof versions. Uncirculated Gold Eagles were added to the series in 2006.
Uncirculated Gold Eagle Designs
Since their respective debuts, all Gold Eagles have featured the iconic obverse (heads side) imagery of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ striking depiction of Liberty. This renowned design showcases a full-length figure of Liberty with flowing hair, holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. The inscriptions on the obverse include "LIBERTY" and the year "2023."
This beloved image has been a favorite among collectors and was initially introduced on the $20 gold coins minted between 1907 and 1933. In 2021, the U.S. Mint revisited its historical assets and endeavored to create a contemporary design that more closely resembles Saint-Gaudens’ original vision and meticulous details.
2021 also saw the U.S. Mint make a notable change to the reverse (tails side) design, marking the first alteration in the program’s 35-year history. The reverse now features the likeness of an eagle as crafted by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Jennie Norris and sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist Renata Gordon.
Inscriptions on the reverse include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "50 DOLLARS," and "1 OZ. FINE GOLD."
A reeded edge variation on the coin has been added as an anti-counterfeiting measure.
|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
Beginning at noon ET, the 2023-W $50 Uncirculated American Gold Eagle may be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint’s gold coins page located here.
Each is initially offered for $2,820.00. That is subject to change weekly based on a matrix the U.S. Mint uses that ties its gold coin prices to market conditions. As a comparison, last year’s uncirculated Gold Eagle debuted at $2,670.00.