The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2012-W American Gold Eagle One Ounce Uncirculated Coin. This is a numismatic version of the popular bullion coin.
Depicted on the obverse is the full length figure of Liberty with a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. The background contains the rays of the rising sun with the Capitol Dome pictured in the distance. This design was originally used for the Saint Gaudens Double Eagle. The reverse depicts a male eagle carrying an olive branch to a nest containing a female eagle and eaglets. This was designed by Miley Busiek specifically for the American Gold Eagle series.
The 2012-W Uncirculated Gold Eagle is struck in a composition of 22 karat and contains one troy ounce of pure gold. The coins are struck on specially burnished blanks and carry the “W” mint mark, indicating production at the West Point Mint.
For the start of sales, the coins are priced at $1,828.00 each. This price may fluctuate weekly based on the average market price of gold. The US Mint has not established a maximum mintage and the coins will be minted based on demand.
The collectible uncirculated version of the American Gold Eagle was introduced in 2006 and issued in the following years 2007 and 2008. After this point, fractional weight versions were discontinued and the one ounce version was canceled for two years due to high demand for bullion coins. The annual offering was resumed for 2011.