Bullion Values

 

The U.S. stopped producing Gold coins in 1934 and Silver coins in 1965, leaving a gap that the industry was eager to fill. Bullion coins struck primarily for investments started with the Krugerrand and, with its success, other nations began to strike their own – including the U.S. Mint with their most popular American Gold and Silver Eagles program in 1986. 

The Silver Eagle is a coin with a nominal face value of one dollar that is made of one troy ounce of 99.9% Fine Silver. There are bullion, proof and uncirculated versions available
These large five-ounce coins duplicate the designs of the America the Beautiful series of quarters, and though these are much more valuable they have the same face value.
The American Eagle coin program came about after private Gold ownership was reinstituted in the United States. Prior to this point, from the time of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 6192 in 1933, private Gold ownership had been banned.

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The Platinum Eagle was first struck in 1997, but it took a couple of years of work to get it to that point. Platinum Eagles have been made in 1/10, 1/4, ½ and 1 0z weights, with $10, $25, $50 and $100 denominations.
The Eagle is the main bullion coin sold by the United States, but as the Mint continued to sell these coins they realized there was an opportunity they were missing out on higher-purity Gold coins.
This program began as an outgrowth of the Presidential $1 Coin Program, but unlike the Presidential dollar, it was never designed for circulation.
These coins were a showcase of how far minting technology had come in the years since the original Saint-Gaudens Gold Eagle design had been struck.
The Palladium Eagle was first struck in 2017, but it took a couple of years of work to get it to that point. Palladium Eagles are made from a 99.95% Palladium base.
President Gerald Ford lifted the restrictions of Executive Order 6192 on December 31, 1974, and soon after that point, the U.S. Mint began exploring programs to offer Treasury-owned Precious Metals to the public.

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What is Bullion?

Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium all come in various forms and sizes to create a variety of options for investors and collectors.  

What is an Eagle?

Since the U.S. Mint’s American Eagle program began in 1986, Gold and Silver Eagles have remained a popular choice among both investors and collectors