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Historic American Eagles

The American Eagle is the top choice for US gold coins. As well as investment coins, the US produces a number of collectible Eagle coins, listed below. These coins celebrate key US events such as the US Olympics, and signing of the US constitution. This section also include older historic gold Eagle coins, perfect for collectors looking for an older circulated gold Eagle. Prices shown include fully insured delivery.

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American Eagle coins were circulated between 1795 and 1929. The five varieties of head were:

  • Turban/Capped Head - Robert Scot (1795 - 1798)
  • Draped Head - John Reich (1807 - 1812, 1813 - 1834)
  • Classic Head - William Kneass (1834 - 1839)
  • Liberty Head - Christian Gobrecht (1839 - 1908)
  • Indian Head - Bella Lyon Pratt (1908 - 1929)

The $10 Gold Eagle:

The early Gold Eagle coins were 22 carat, with the remainder made up of a silver/copper alloy. The purity dropped slightly to 89.92% between 1834 and 1837, before being raised to .900 from 1837 onwards. This 90% purity was once again topped up with 10% copper/silver alloy, but no more than half of it could be silver.

The Gold Eagle started out life with the Turban or Capped Head design, between 1795 and 1804. The Eagle was smaller in the first two years of production, before the Mints increased its size. Production was suspended due to the coins and their gold content not being an equivalent value, but minting resumed in 1838. These coins had the Liberty Head, without a motto until 1866 and then with one until 1907.

At this point the design changed once more, switching to the Indian Head until production ended in 1933.

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