2010 American Gold Eagles

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2010 American Eagle Gold Coins first appeared from the United States Mint in 1986 and have been offered annually in at least one form ever since.

Typically, the Gold Eagles are struck in proof, uncirculated and bullion varieties, but as collectors saw in 2009, that can change based on US Mint decisions.

The Mint is required to strike the American Eagle Gold Bullion coins to meet demand. It is precisely that requirement which saw the suspension of American Eagle Gold Proof and American Eagle Gold Uncirculated coins in 2009. With precious metal investor demand at an all time high, the Mint was forced to allocate its available resources of gold blank planchets to bullion production, leaving the Mint with no choice but to temporarily suspend the proof and uncirculated coins.

The proof Gold Eagle's did make a return in 2010, but the uncirculated coins did not.

Purchasers may be interested to know that the law authorizing the coins requires the gold in them to be mined from within the borders of the United States. Also, each coin contains the stated amount of gold plus a small amount of silver and copper giving it a 22-karat rating to increase the coin's resistance to scratching and marring.

Four different sized American Gold Eagles were struck, including 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz with face values of $50, $25, $10 and $5, respectively. These were all minted for the 2010 proofs. However, the Mint only produced the 1 oz bullion coin in 2010 as it did in 2009.

The bullion Eagles are not available for sale directly from the Mint but must be purchased through the Mint's authorized purchasers or through the secondary market. The collector proof and uncirculated versions are sold directly by the Mint.

2010 American Gold Eagle Design

Since their introduction, the American Eagles have featured a design on their obverse which many consider to be one of the most beautiful ever struck on US coinage. It was taken from the Double Eagle coin first struck in 1907 and features the work of famed sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens. He designed the piece to show a full-length image of the mythical figure Liberty in a flowing gown with a torch showing her leading the way in one hand and an olive branch showing her quest for peace in the other. Behind Liberty are rays of sunshine and the US Capitol building.

The reverse contains the image of a family of eagles with one of the adults returning to the nest. It was designed by Mrs. Miley Frances Busiek.

2010 American Gold Eagle Specifications

Mintmark: W for Uncirculated and Proof, None for bullion
Composition: 91.67% gold, 3% silver, 5.33% copper
Weight: 33.930 grams or 1.0909 troy ounces
Diameter: 32.7 mm or 1.287 inches
Date of Issue: 2010
Mintages: Based on Demand
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: Augustus St. Gaudens
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Mrs. Miley Frances Busiek

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