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Eagle Coins   
 
 
In 1986, the U.S. Mint introduced the Eagle coins – the first silver and gold
bullion coins in U.S. history.  They were known as the Eagle coins because of
the eagle designs on the reverse.  The eagle is a symbol of the United States. 
In addition, the term “eagle” is the technical description for the $10 U.S. gold
coin, so it conjured up images of classic gold coins.  
 
 
The Silver Eagle is the largest and heaviest silver coin in U.S. history.  It is
struck with one full ounce of pure silver, so it is even bigger than a classic
Morgan or Peace Silver Dollar.  The obverse is the Walking Liberty design that
first appeared on the 1916-1947 Walking Liberty Half Dollar, while the reverse
shows a heraldic eagle and 13 stars to represent the original 13 states.  The
reverse also includes the U.S. government’s guarantee of the coin’s silver
weight and One Dollar legal tender value.  The same design is used each year; 
in addition to standard Brilliant Uncirculated bullion coins, a small number of
Proof coins are also made each year.  
 
 
The Gold Eagle is made in four different sizes:  $5 coin with 1/10 ounce of pure
gold, $10 coin with 1/4 ounce of pure gold, $25 coin with 1/2 ounce of pure
gold, and $50 coin with one ounce of pure gold.  The obverse is Augustus
Saint Gaudens’ design of Liberty that was first used on the 1907-1933 $20 gold
coin, while the reverse is a family of eagles and the U.S. government’s guarantee
of the coin’s gold weight and legal tender status.  Like the Silver Eagle,
the same design is used each year.  A small number of Proof coins are also
struck every year in addition to the Brilliant Uncirculated coins. 
 

The Platinum Eagle was first issued in 1997.  There are four different coin
sizes:  $10 coin with 1/10 ounce of pure platinum, $25 coin with 1/4 ounce
of pure platinum, $50 coin with 1/2 ounce of pure platinum, and $100 coin
with one ounce of pure platinum.  The $100 Platinum Eagle is the highest-
denomination U.S. coin ever made.  The obverse of each Brilliant Uncirculated
coin depicts the face of the Statue of Liberty, while the reverse shows an eagle
in flight.  Proof coins in 1997 had the same design, but since 1998 a new reverse
design of an eagle has been used each year for the Proof coins.