The American Gold Eagle 1/2 oz is a bullion coin from the United States of America and is produced by the United States Mint…
The American Gold Eagle 1/2 oz is a bullion coin from the United States of America and is produced by the United States Mint.
The Eagle bears the heraldic animal of the United States, the bald eagle, on the obverse. Further, you can see that the eagle holds an olive branch in its talons as a sign of peace and returns to its eagle's nest, where the female and chicks sit. Also located on the obverse is the $25 face value and weight of the coin.
The reverse features "Lady Liberty" as well as the year of minting. Similar to the Krugerrand, the Eagle has an overall fineness of 916.67/1000, due to copper and silver still contained in the gold. Therefore, the Gold Eagle is also slightly heavier, weighing 16.965 grams instead of 15.55 grams, but the gold content is exactly equal to 1/2 ounce.
Since 2021 there is a new motif for the American Eagle. Now an eagle head can be seen. On the value side, "Lady Liberty" is depicted, with an olive branch and a torch. The two symbols have always represented peace and freedom.
Gold Eagle and Krugerrand have even more in common, because the first appearance of the Gold Eagle in 1986 is also the beginning of the boycott of South Africa, as a reaction to apartheid. The Krugerrand, as the predominant gold coin, was now banned and a market opportunity was recognized in the United States. But it did not remain with the "Krugerrand replacement" and even after the end of the boycott, the Gold Eagle remained in the assortment of the dealers as a sought-after gold investment.
Today, the Eagle is a classic alongside the Vienna Philharmonic, Maple Leaf and Krugerrand. The sale of the Gold Eagle runs without problems at most dealers and banks, precisely because of its high degree of popularity.
You can also purchase the American Gold Eagle in 1 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz sizes.
Investment gold is exempt from tax under § 25c UStG.