1986-W $50 American Gold Eagle

1986-W $50 American Gold Eagle

The 1986-W $50 American Gold Eagle coin was a proof struck at the West Point Mint with a total mintage of only 446,290. Unlike the Philadelphia regular strike American Gold Eagle, the Proof coins featured the mint mark where they were produced. The 1986-W $50 American Silver Eagle features the ‘W’ mint mark on the obverse of the coin. It is worthwhile to find one of these 1 oz American Gold Eagle coins with a solid strike and attractive surfaces. It can be difficult to find in the highest grades, although not impossible. 


History of the 1986-W $50 American Gold Eagle

The 1986-W $50 American Gold Eagle is a beautiful Proof coin that was produced in the first year of issue of this special coin series. The American Gold Eagle is the official gold bullion coin of the United States. The obverse of the American Gold Eagle was designed by Augustus Saint Gaudens, a rendition of the full-length Lady Liberty with her hair flowing and a long dress. She holds a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. A small image of the Capitol building can be seen in the background. The reverse of the coin was designed by sculptor, Miley Busiek. It features a male American Bald Eagle clutching an olive branch, flying over a nest with a female eagle and her baby.


1986-W $50 American Gold Eagle Value

The 1986-W $50 American Gold Eagle value reaches upwards of $5,000 for some of the highest grades available of the coin. The American Gold Eagle coin series is a popular one among collectors and can be found for relatively accessible prices depending on the quality of the coin being purchased. The 1986-W $50 American Gold Eagle would make a valuable addition to any American Gold Eagle series collection. 


Type of coin: $50 Coin

Year: 1986-W $50 American Gold Eagle

American Gold Eagle Mint Mark: West Point

Total mintage: 446,290

Metal content: 91.67% Gold, 3% Silver, 5.33% Copper

Face value: Fifty Dollars

Weight: 33.93 grams

Edge: Reeded

Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens/Miley Busiek

Diameter: 32.70 millimeters