1987-W $50 American Gold Eagle

1987-W $50 American Gold Eagle

The 1987-W $50 American Gold Eagle had a total mintage of only 147,498 coins struck at the West Point Mint. These were Proof coins that featured the ‘W’ mint mark on the obverse of the coin. While this mintage was small compared to a regular, uncirculated mintage, the 1987-W $50 Gold Eagle coin can be found at affordable prices in the highest grades. 


History of the 1987-W $50 American Gold Eagle

When searching for your ideal 1987-W $50 American Gold Eagle coin, look for ones with a sharp strike and surfaces clear from scratches and abrasions, which can be common in these coins due to the weight of them. The American Gold Eagle is the official gold bullion coin of the United States. 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 eaglet. 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. There is a small image of the Capitol building in the background. 


1987-W $50 American Gold Eagle Value

The 1987-W $50 American Gold Eagle value reaches upwards of $2,600 for some of the highest grades of the coin available. It’s possible to find this coin at more affordable prices in lower grades. The 1987-W $50 1 oz American Gold Eagle coin would make a great addition to any Gold Eagle series collection. 


Type of coin: $50 Coin

Year: 1987-W $50 American Gold Eagle

American Gold Eagle Mint Mark: West Point

Total mintage: 147,498

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