American Gold Eagles
Since their introduction in 1986, American Gold Eagles have been a highly desirable investment vehicle due to their stunning beauty, their fine gold content and the confidence of knowing they are minted by the US Government. They are available in four sizes: 1/10 oz ($5 denomination), 1/4 oz ($10 denomination), 1/2 oz ($25 denomination) and 1 oz ($50 denomination). As a general rule, the smaller the size of the gold coin, the higher the premium over “spot”. This is due to several different factors, one being that it’s simply cheaper for the government to stamp one 1 oz coin than it is to stamp ten 1/10 oz coins, etc. Another factor is supply and demand — since the smaller coins are much easier to use in a hypothetical bartering situation, more people want them.
Brilliant Uncirculated American Gold Eagles are shipped in clear plastic “flips” inside a clear plastic outer protective bag, while Proof American Gold Eagles are shipped in their original US Mint packaging, which consists of the coin residing in a clear, hard plastic capsule housed in a plush velvet booklet which is then placed in an outer cardboard box with a Certificate of Authenticity.