1/4 Ounce Gold Eagles

The quarter-ounce American Gold Eagle coin is the U.S. Mint’s official 1/4 oz. bullion coin. Just like the 1 oz. American Gold Eagle coins, the quarter-ounce American Gold Eagle strikes the perfect balance between a collectible, and a tangible piece of precious metal. It is quarter the size and weight of the iconic once-ounce American Gold Eagle and is an easy and affordable way to enjoy all the benefits of collecting gold. With a historic iconic design and 1/4 oz. of gold, it combines the best aspects of collecting and the appeal of bullion, which makes it one of the most popularly purchased U.S. gold coins. The quarter-ounce American Gold Eagle has all the appeal of the larger one-ounce coin, but at a much lower price point, so more people can enjoy its widely popular design. They can be purchased individually, graded and certified, or in quantity with ¼ oz gold eagle coin rolls. They are available in a proof and mint state graded certified condition from NGC and PCGS, in a wide variety of special holders, including the very popular quarter oz gold eagle first release issues.

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The American Gold Eagle Design

The American Gold Eagle is considered one of the most beautiful coins in the world, modeled after the iconic Augustus Saint-Gaudens design. In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt wanted to elevate America’s coinage into works of art. He hired renowned artist and sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens to create his final masterpiece just before his death. The St. Gaudens $20 Double Eagle became known as “The Most Beautiful Coin in the World.”

Obverse Design

The obverse of the American Gold Eagle features the St. Gaudens iconic Lady Liberty’s full-length figure striding forward confidently from the rays of the rising sun and the nation’s capital dome, with her hair and robe flowing freely in the breeze. Her right holds the touch of freedom to light the way while holding an olive branch in her left hand signifying peace. Surrounded by 50 stars to signify the 50 United States with the inscription “LIBERTY” at the top and both the date of issue and mint mark in the lower right. A ‘W’ mintmark indicates its production at the U.S. Mint’s facility in West Point, New York.

Reverse Design

 The reverse side features the namesake of the coin, American Eagles.  Designed by the American sculptor, then Miley Busiek, now Miley Tucker-Frost, in 1986. The image features a family of nesting bald eagles. The male bald eagle is soaring above the nest clutching an olive branch in its talons. The female eagle awaits with her young, vigilantly standing guard over the young hatchlings in the nest with her wings protectively encircling two eaglets, representing the importance and strength of the American family. The reverse inscriptions read, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” at the top of the coin. The Mottos, “IN GOD WE TRUST,’ is on the right, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM, Latin for “out of many, one,” is on the left.  The coin specifications are at the bottom with the face value and weight of the coin. This combination of a classic and modern coin design has proven to be a winner. Since its release in 1986, the American Gold Eagle instantly became one of the most popular gold coins in the world and has retained this original, iconic design for over 32 years.