On May 5, 2011, the United States Mint began sales of the 2011 American Gold Eagle Uncirculated Coin. This is a special collector version of the popular bullion coin.
The obverse design is taken from the Saint Gaudens Double Eagle, minted from 1907 to 1933 and considered to be one of the most beautiful U.S. coin designs in history. A full length figure of Liberty is shown with the rays of the rising sun and Capitol building in the background. The reverse of the coin was designed by Miley Busiek and features a male eagle carrying an olive branch to a nest containing a female eagle and hatchlings.
The American Gold Eagle has been issued as a bullion coin each year since 1986. The US Mint has produced special versions of coins for collectors each year except 2009, when the planned offerings were canceled. The traditionally offered collector versions are struck in proof. The 2011 Proof Gold Eagles went on sale April 21.
The uncirculated Gold Eagles are struck on specially burnished blanks and carry the “W” mint mark, as opposed to bullion versions which do not carry a mint mark. The US Mint previously issued the collectible uncirculated versions of the coin in 2006, 2007, and 2008. This year’s release marks the return of the product after a two year hiatus.
Each 2011-W Uncirculated Gold Eagle is struck in 22 karat gold and contains one troy ounce of gold content. There is no maximum mintage or household ordering limits in place. Pricing for the offering varies based on the average market price of gold. For the start of sales, the coins are priced at $1,778.00 each.
Orders for this coin may be placed with the US Mint at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog