2013 American Gold Eagles

The 2013 American Eagle Gold Coins issued by the United States Mint mark the twenty-eighth year of the American Gold Eagle series. The program was introduced in 1986 and the coins have appeared annually ever since.

American Gold Eagle - Click to Enlarge

American Gold Eagle - Click to Enlarge

Each Gold Eagle is struck from 22-karat gold with coins of differing sizes issued throughout the years including one ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce. Gold Eagles are typically struck in three different qualities annually - bullion, proof and uncirculated.

Bullion coins are struck for investors and initially sold to the public through a network of authorized purchasers. These purchasers obtain the Gold Eagles in bulk from the US Mint, then resell them to the public for a small premium above the current spot price of the gold they contain.

The proof and uncirculated Eagles are struck for numismatic purposes. These coins are initially sold directly to the public by the US Mint.

"Produced from gold mined in the United States, American Eagles are imprinted with their gold content and legal tender 'face' value," states the US Mint on the Eagle description page. "American Eagles use the durable 22 karat standard established for gold circulating coinage over 350 years ago.  They contain their stated amount of pure gold, plus small amounts of alloy.  This creates harder coins that resist scratching and marring, which can diminish resale value"

American Eagle Gold Coins were authorized under the Bullion Coin Act of 1985. It sought to initially create the bullion coins as a low-cost investment option for individuals looking to add small amounts of gold to their portfolios.

2013 American Gold Eagle Design

The obverse design of American Eagle Gold Coins has remained unchanged since the inaugural releases of 1986 (with the exception of the inscriptions). It contains a depiction of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' "Liberty" as first seen on the 1907-1933 $20 Double Eagle Gold Piece. Many consider this design to be one of the most beautiful ever struck on an American coin. The inscriptions of "LIBERTY" and the year of minting are also shown on the obverse.

Shown on the reverse of Gold Eagles is a nest of a family of eagles with an adult soaring above. It is the work of Mrs. Miley Frances Busiek and also includes the inscriptions of "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "IN GOD WE TRUST" and the size and face value of the strike.

2013 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: 2013
Mintages: Based on Demand
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: Augustus St. Gaudens
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Mrs. Miley Frances Busiek

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