The gold coin that “started it all”: the 1986-W Gold American Eagle Proof. The gold coin that “started it all”: the 1986-W Gold American Eagle Proof. This modern-era symbol of American artistry and ingenuity paved the way for what has evolved into an impressive suite of modern-day United States investment coins.
1986 Gold American Eagle Design
The 1986 Gold American Eagle Proof replicates the artist's Liberty image on its obverse, which was originally struck on the circulating U.S. double eagle coins from 1907 to 1933. On its reverse, the 1986 Gold American Eagle Proof features sculptor Miley Busiek’s “Family of Eagles” motif.