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The eagle, a base-unit denomination that the U.S. Treasury issued strictly for gold coins, has not been in circulation since 1933. Hence, eagle coins today - which you should avoid confusing with the American Gold Eagle bullion coin circulated since 1986 - can be treated largely as historical artifacts. The history behind the Liberty gold eagle, the form in which the eagle circulated between 1838 and 1907, makes for fascinating reading. It was only the second design of gold eagle after the Turban Head variant, which debuted in 1795 - a mere three years after the United States Mint was set up.
The Turban Head Eagle series reached its end in 1804 due to an order by Thomas Jefferson, then the President. Gold as a precious metal had become so valuable that many of the Turban Head coins were actually being exported rather than left in the country. In 1838, gold eagle production resumed; by this point, Congress had lowered how much gold was permitted in American coins, making the exporting of which less attractive. Christian Gobrecht produced the Liberty Head gold eagle's design, from which the coin's name was derived.
The Turban Head design was so-called because its design showed Liberty looking as though she was wearing a turban. It was not a turban, but instead a cap that Liberty wore on that design; however, the cap resembled a turban because of the way that the goddess's hair twisted about it. By contrast, the Liberty Head coin - here also called the Liberty Gold Eagle - depicts Liberty wearing what is easily recognizable as a coronet. The head provides the focal point of the obverse side and is mostly surrounded by stars. Just below that head is the issue year.
We can, when we have the availability, provide Liberty gold eagles featuring common dates. The coins showing 1866 or later as the issue date will include the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" discernible on a scroll near the reverse-side eagle's left-facing head. That eagle also appears as though it is wearing, on its chest, a shield taking much of the United States flag's design. The eagle looks like it is flying as it grips symbols you might have commonly seen elsewhere: an olive branch, referring to peace, and arrows, indicative of a readiness to fight.
With the listing here, we are advertising a Liberty Gold Eagle in BU condition. BU here represents Brilliant Uncirculated. Coins assigned that grade tend to, in condition, match coins given the Sheldon Coin Grading Scale's lowest Mint State - or MS - grades. You ought not to underestimate how useful a BU-condition coin can be. The disc is likely to attract high prices due to its high concentration of gold and impressive condition, despite how long ago the coin was struck. The Liberty Gold Eagle was minted most recently in 1907. Another option with a BU Liberty Gold Eagle is making it part of a numismatic collection which a museum could then display. There is a pleasing variety of ways in which this coin can be used.
Orders placed for products that are not a specific year will be fulfilled with coins of any date, based on availability. Orders of multiple coins may be filled with the same year or a variety of years.
|Coin Series||Pre-33 Gold|
|Modern or Historical||Pre-33|
|Metal Weight||0.4838 oz|