The American gold eagle is an official gold bullion coin of the United States. Because the term “eagle” also is the official United States designation for pre-1933 ten dollars gold coins, the weight of the bullion coin is typically used when describing American gold eagles (e.g., “1/2-ounce American gold eagle”) to avoid confusion. This is particularly true with the 1/4-oz American gold eagle, which has a marked face value of ten dollars. The 22 kt gold alloy s authorized by the United States Congress and is backed by the United States Mint for weight and content.
Offeredin 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, and 1 oz denominations, these coins are guaranteed by the U.S. government to contain the stated amount of actual gold weight in troy ounces. By law, the gold must come from sources in America, alloyed with silver and copper to produce a coin that will maintain quality over time. The market value of the coins is generally about equal to the market value of their gold content, not their face value. Like all commodities, this value fluctuates with market forces. In each of the four denominations available, each coins contains 91.67% gold (22 karat), 3% silver, and 5.33% copper. Content Weight Diameter Thickness Gold – 1 Troy Ounce 1.0909 Troy Ounces 1.287″ 0.113″ 31.104 grams 33.931 grams 32.70 mm 2.87 mm