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“Can you tell the 1986 Gold Eagle from the 1992 Gold Eagle? Actually, there is not much difference. The difference is in one detail that has nothing to do at all with the value or quality of the Gold Eagle.
The Gold Eagle minted from 1986 to 1991 is dated in Roman numerals. In the 1986 mint you will see these characters MCMLXXXVI to mean 1986. The Gold Eagle from 1992 onwards is dated in the Arabic numerals.
All the coins in various denominations are identical in design except for the markings on the reverse side indicating the weight and face value of the coin which do not appear on the Gold Eagle Dollar.
The coins are in 22 karats, a purity of 91.67%, The following are their specifications:
Denomination Diameter/Thickness Gross Weight Face Value
- 1 troy oz. 32.70mm/2.87mm 1.0909 troy oz. $50
- 1/2 troy oz. 27mm/2.24mm 0.5454 troy oz. $25
- 1/4 troy oz. 22mm/1.83mm 0.2727 troy oz. $10
- 1/10 troy oz. 16.50mm/1.19mm 0.1091 troy oz. $5
The modern-day Gold Eagle was introduced in 1984 as a commemorative coin and minted in 1986 for circulation. It is now one of the most popular gold coins.
The original Gold Eagle was minted in 1795 on the basis of the Mint Act passed by the US Congress in 1792. It is among the first coins minted by the US Mint. It was in 22 karats, with 91.67% purity. It remained in circulation until 1933.
Both the modern day and the original gold coins are much sought-after by collectors and investors worldwide.”