Iconic Burnished American Gold Eagle Design
The American Gold Eagle series has a remarkable background. The well-known obverse was designed in 1907 by the pre-eminent artist of the day, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The obverse features a full-length Liberty design taken from the U.S. $20 “Double Eagle” gold coin issued for circulation from 1907 until 1933. A windswept Liberty is shown holding the Torch of Enlightenment overhead and the olive branch of Peace at her side.
The reverse design was an original one designed for the American Gold Eagle series. Miley Busiek (now known as Miley Tucker-Frost) designed a reverse entitled the “Family of Eagles.” This image features a male bald eagle as he is landing in his nest. The nest contains his mate and young.
2020 marks the final year that Miley Busiek's original Family of Eagles design will appear on a Burnished American Gold Eagle! A new reverse design will debut on the American Gold Eagle series in 2021.