Proof gold American Eagles are collector versions of one of the world's most popular gold bullion coins, the official United States gold bullion coin. Only a limited number of proof coins are struck each year and certain years have been known to sell out soon after being issued. Proof American Eagles are minted in each of the bullion sizes (1-oz., 1/2-oz., 1/4-oz., and 1/10-oz.) and are available for purchase in any of these sizes individually, or in 2 or 4-piece sets.
Design of the Proof Gold American Eagle - The U.S. Mint duplicated the design for the obverse (front) of the American Gold Eagle from the $20 Saint-Gaudens, which is widely considered America's most beautiful gold coin. The $20 Saint Gaudens was commissioned by Theodore Roosevelt in an effort to rival the coins of ancient Greece and Rome.
The coin's reverse (back), designed by Miley Busiek, captures a male bald eagle holding an olive branch in its talons as it swoops into a nest holding its family. This side also carries the majority of the wording on the coin, the gold content and purity, the denomination, the issuing country, the phrase 'E PLURIBUS UNUM' and the motto 'IN GOD WE TRUST.'
Proof Gold American Eagle Coin Minting Information - Proof gold American Eagle coins undergo a detailed minting process using special dies. Lustrous coin blanks are fed manually into the presses where they are struck multiple times to ensure detailed coin images, which appear softly frosted above a mirror-like background. Each Proof Eagle comes in a beautiful, dark blue velvet presentation case with an official U.S. Mint Certificate of Authority. This certificate outlines the United States government guarantee of the coin's gold content, weight and purity.
Individual Retirement Accounts - Currently, proof American Eagles are the only collectible coins allowed by the United States government for Individual Retirement Accounts. See Coin Facts for Investors and Collectors to Consider for additional details (Note: Tax laws are complex and may change at any time. You should consult with your tax advisor about whether including precious metals in your IRA is right for you.)