The American Gold Eagle Coin’s annual release is a longstanding tradition in the bullion community. While certainly not the longest continual release in the world, the American Gold Eagle Coins have been released consistently since the first edition in 1986. This makes the 2021 ¼ Oz American Gold Eagle coin the 35th consecutive release of one of the most popular American bullion coin series in recent history.
There’s also one fact that makes this year’s release particularly special. In mid-2021, the US Mint will be shifting from the existing reverse design on the Gold Eagle Coin to a newer version. We don’t know exactly what the new design is likely to look like, but we do know that the shift will happen sometime after the 2021 coin’s minting and distribution. This makes the 2021 ¼ Oz American Gold Eagle coin especially collectible; it will be the last of its unique design available to collectors in BU condition.
- .9167 pure gold.
- Backed by the United States government (face value: $10 USD).
- Obverse depiction: Lady Liberty stands above US monuments and holds a torch and an olive branch.
- Reverse depiction: A family of American bald eagles in their nest.
It isn’t hard to imagine why so many collectors eagerly anticipate the annual release of the American Gold Eagle Coin. Both sides of the piece are decorated with designs that strike closely at the heart of the American people and the country’s intense spirit. The obverse side shows Lady Liberty standing high above notable American monuments and carrying both a great torch and a branch of an olive tree. As is customary, these symbols represent the American concepts of strength and peace, which should be wielded equally by the country.
The reverse is no less symbolic. The American bald eagles have long been recognized as the official birds of the United States. The majesty of the bald eagle is impossible to deny. On this particular design, a family of eagles sit perched near their nest. The mother protects her two children while the father eagle swoops down from above. This coin’s side also includes the most important information about the coin’s mintage, including the weight, purity, face value, and country of origin.
The 2021 ¼ Oz American Gold Eagle Coin is the 35th release in the American Gold Eagle Series. It certainly holds significant value as a result of its collectibility in the larger series. However, this coin also comes with its own unique collectibility. As we explained above, the 2021 American Gold Eagle series will likely be the last to use the classic reverse side depiction of the family of eagles. The new design will be unveiled sometime later in 2021, making this coin the last chance for collectors to buy the old coin in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition.
The intricate design of Lady Liberty and the family of bald Eagles purport to represent the strength of the American government and its people. As the classic coin series transitions into a new design, the 2021 ¼ Oz American Gold Eagle Coin might very well be the last chance for collectors to grab ahold of this classic example of American iconography in bullion.