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The three-coin American Eagle 20th Anniversary Gold Set, contains a proof, reverse proof and uncirculated one-ounce gold eagle, all bearing the "W" mint mark. The American Eagle Gold Proof Coins, which were first issued in 1986, bear a rendition of internationally renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens' image of Liberty holding a torch and an olive branch aloft. The reverse of the gold American Eagles, by sculptor Miley Busiek, features a male eagle carrying an olive branch flying above a nest containing a female eagle and her hatchlings.
American Eagle Gold and Silver Reverse Proof Coins are one of the special offerings developed to celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary. They feature a unique finish which results in a frosted field, or background, and a brilliant, mirror-like, finish on the raised elements of the coin, including the design and inscriptions. These coins are only available in the three-coin sets that celebrate the 20th anniversary of the American Eagle Programs.
American Eagle Gold and Silver Uncirculated Coins are being introduced in 2006. These coins feature the same finish as their bullion counterparts, but unlike the American Eagle Bullion Coins, the American Eagle Uncirculated Coins bear the mint mark of the facility that produces them and follow a different path through the manufacturing process. Specifically, the planchets used for American Eagle Uncirculated Coins are burnished, while those used for American Eagle Bullion Coins are not.
There were only 10,000 of the three coin 20th anniversary sets produced in 2006.
A total of only 2,000 three coin Gold Eagle Proofs sets from 2006 have been certified by NGC in Proof 70 condition.