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Why American Eagles are the Best Bullion Coins
 

American Eagle coins are a great way to invest in gold and silver. They are, in fact, the best -selling bullion coins in the U.S. There is always a ready market, as they are traded daily as a component of the international gold and silver trading systems. Gold Eagles are minted from gold that has been mined in the U.S., and use the standard of 22 karats for extra durability. These PCGS certified American Eagle coins contain the stated amount of gold, in addition to trace amounts of alloy, making them the most durable and sought-after bullion coins in the world. The additional alloy is used to create a harder coin that is less resistant to marring and scratching.

The PCGS certified American Eagle coins are the only bullion coins that are backed by the U.S. government. The coins’ content, weight, and purity are guaranteed to contain the stated amount of gold or silver. They can also be easily converted to cash, without having to worry about penalties. It’s easy to keep track of the value of your Gold Eagles and Silver Eagles. Most newspapers, radio and television networks report the price of gold and silver on a daily basis. The American Eagle’s value is based upon this price, in addition to a small premium in order to cover distribution and mintage costs. Gold Eagles and Silver Eagles can play a significant role in your retirement savings plan, because they can be included in your IRA (Individual Retirement Account.) In addition to the common 1-ounce size, Gold Eagles are also available in ¼ ounce, ½ ounce and 1/10 ounce sizes, so no matter what your budget is, you’ll be able to buy your share.

American Gold Eagles were first introduced by the U.S. Mint in 1986, and they have since become the #1 selling bullion coin in the United States. The value of these coins is independent of the stocks and bonds market, so they hold their value much better than stocks and bonds. Many financial experts recommend adding gold and silver bullion coins to your portfolio, to increase the value and improve overall performance.
The design of the Gold Eagle coin was inspired by the work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a renowned American sculptor. The $20 gold coin was his design, and was commissioned by his good friend Teddy Roosevelt; it is considered to be one of the most beautiful coins ever produced.

The Silver American Eagle is made of 1 troy ounce, and is guaranteed to be 99.9% silver (the other component being copper to give it extra strength and durability.) There have been more than 130 million of these coins sold since its introduction in 1986.

The U.S. Mint takes great care and pride in producing its coins, whether it’s the Gold Eagles or the Silver Eagles. First, burnished coin blanks are manually fed into presses that are fitted with special dies. Then, the coin is pressed several times so that the images look detailed, but softly frosted. Each coin is then thoroughly inspected by quality inspectors (wearing white gloves of course.) After passing the inspection, each coin is then placed in a plastic capsule where it is sealed and then mounted in a velvet case, and given its own Certificate of Authenticity.

Gold Eagles and Silver Eagles can be purchased directly from the United States Mint, and most of them have limited mintage, meaning that only a certain number are made. In 2006, the U.S. Mint added American Eagle uncirculated coins to their collection. You can buy silver and gold coins directly from them. These uncirculated coins are created in a similar fashion, with an added “W” mint mark to signify the U.S. Mint at West Point.

If you don’t want to buy Silver Eagles or Gold Eagles directly from the U.S. Mint, there are various authorized dealers that you can purchase from. You can search online for authorized dealers in your state. Make sure that you are buying PCGS or NGC certified American Eagle coins; otherwise your investment may be for naught. Always do your research before buying any coins online, or from collectors you don’t know. Educate yourself on how to spot the fakes, and always ask for a Certificate of Authenticity or money back guarantee as used by PCGS before purchasing.

 



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