have been produced each year since 1986. They can be found in silver, gold and also platinum since 1997. The face value of these coins is symbolic and does not actually reflect the value of the precious metal contained therein.
The American Silver Eagle $1 Coin
The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States. It was first released by the United States Mint on November 24, 1986.
It is struck only in the 1 troy oz denomination which has a nominal face value of one dollar and is guaranteed to contain one troy ounce of .999 pure silver. It is authorized by the United States Congress and its weight and content is certified by the United States Mint.
The American Silver Eagle bullion coin may be used to fund Individual Retirement Account investments.
The American Gold Eagle $50 Coin
The American Gold Eagle is an official gold bullion coin of the United States. Authorized under the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985, it was first released by the United States Mint in 1986. It is offered in 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, and 1 oz denominations and is guaranteed to contain the stated amount (in troy ounces) of pure gold, which by law must come from sources in America, with an additional alloy of silver and copper to produce a more wear-resistant coin of .91670 fine gold (22 karat, which had long been the crown gold English standard for gold coins). It is authorized by the United States Congress and is backed by the United States Mint for weight and content.
The obverse design features a rendition of Augustus Saint-Gaudens" full length figure of Lady Liberty with flowing hair, holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left, with the Capitol building in the left background. The reverse design, by sculptor Miley Busiek, features a male eagle carrying an olive branch flying above a nest containing a female eagle and her hatchlings.
Gold Eagles minted 1986-1991 are dated with Roman numerals. In 1992, the U.S. Mint switched to Arabic numbers for dating Gold Eagles.
The American Gold Eagle $50 Coin Observe
"Portrait of Liberty", Lady Liberty looking toward future.
The American Platinum Eagle is the official platinum bullion coin of the United States. The coins were first released by the United States Mint in 1997. It is offered in 1/10, 1/4, 1/2, and 1 troy oz varieties and consists of .9995 fine platinum. The American Platinum Eagle is authorized by the United States Congress and is backed by the United States Mint for weight and content.
Proof versions of the coins are also made for coin collectors. The proof American Platinum Eagles are unique in the fact that they are the only U.S. bullion coin that has a yearly alternating design on the reverse.
Because it may be considered commodity platinum rather than a rare coin, the American Platinum Eagle may be placed in an Individual Retirement Account in the United States. Collectibles such as rare coins and dolls are forbidden from being held in such an account. Thus, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission believes that the Platinum Eagle will not appreciate beyond its metal value.
Beginning in 1998, proof versions of the American Platinum Eagle began a program entitled "Vistas of Liberty". Each year a new design is used on the reverse that portrays a bald eagle in a different region of the United States or a United States themed design. All denominations of the proof American Platinum Eagles carry the yearly design. These coins are the only U.S. bullion coins that change reverse designs every year.
1997 American Eagle Platinum
Reverse: Eagle soaring above America.
1998 American Eagle Platinum
Reverse: Bald Eagle flying over New England and rocky beach town with light house; full moon in sky.
1999 American Eagle Platinum
Reverse: Eagle above Southeastern Wetlands flying above Alligator crawling from a primordial swamp.
2000 American Eagle Platinum
Reverse: Eagle flying above Midwestern field.
2001 American Eagle Platinum
Reverse: Eagle above America's Southwest; featuring the giant Saguaro cacti of the Southwest.
2002 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: Swooping Eagle and a lake bordered by snowcapped mountains and trees.
2003 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: Eagle perched on a Rocky Mountain pine branch, against a backdrop of the United States.
2004 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: Inspired by the Daniel Chester French sculpture titled "America" that sits before the U.S. Customs House in New York City.
2005 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: American bald eagle perched upon a heraldic shield surrounded by symbols that represents America’s strength and beauty.
2006 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: representing the Legislative Branch featuring a "Legislative Muse" looking away from the law she has just inscribed as if to examine and reconsider its durability and integrity over time. She is seated between the two bodies of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, represented by Corinthian columns. Perched atop volumes of law and learning are two eagles.
2007 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: representing the Executive Branch and depicts a bald eagle with its wings spread wide to represent freedom with a shield at the ready to enforce the laws that guarantee those freedoms.
2008 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: "Lady Justice" watched over by an American Bald Eagle representing the Judicial Branch.
2009 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: "To Form a More Perfect Union," featuring four faces representing the diversity of the U.S..
2010 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: Blindfolded "Lady Justice" holding scales in one hand and a laurel branch in the other. The image is representative of the theme "To Establish Justice".
2011 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: To Insure Domestic Tranquility
2012 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: the design is emblematic of the principle "To Provide for the Common Defence," the fourth of six principles of American democracy found in the Preamble to the United States Constitution.
2013 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: To Promote General Welfare.
2014 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity.
2015 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: Liberty Nurtures Freedom.
2016 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: Liberty holding a torch of enlightenment in her right hand and an olive branch in her left to symbolize peace.
2017 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the production of the American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin, the obverse and reverse depicts the original 1997 designs.
2018 American Eagle Platinum Coin
Reverse: "Life" personified by Lady Liberty teaching a small child to sow seeds in a field.
The American Buffalo $50 Coin
The American Buffalo, also known as a Gold Buffalo, is a 24-karat gold bullion coin first offered for sale by the United States Mint on June 22, 2006, and available for shipment beginning on July 13.
This was the first time ever that the United States Government has minted pure (.9999) 24-karat gold coins for the public. The coin has a legal tender (face) value of US$50. The price of the proof coin is $800.
In addition to requiring a presidential dollar coin series to begin in 2007 and redesigning the cent in 2009, the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 mandated the production of a one-ounce 24-karat gold bullion coin with a face value of $50, and a mintage limit of up to 300,000 coins.