1988-W $50 American Gold Eagle

1988-W $50 American Gold Eagle

The 1988-W $50 American Gold Eagle had a tiny mintage of just over 87,000 Proof coins minted at the West Point Mint. While it is a smaller mintage, it is possible to find this beautiful coin in a perfect 70 Mint State condition and at relatively affordable prices. The 1988-W $50 American Gold Eagle coin features the ‘W’ mint mark on the obverse of the coin. Proof coins featured the mint mark while uncirculated coins at the Philadelphia Mint did not. 


History of the 1988-W $50 American Gold Eagle

When looking for your ideal 1988-W $50 American Gold Eagle, search for one with a sharp strike and attractive surfaces. 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, and is inspired by 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. 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.


1988-W $50 American Gold Eagle Value

The 1988-W $50 American Gold Eagle value reaches upwards of just under $3,000 for a perfect Proof 70. This coin and others in the series can be found for more affordable prices in lower grades. The 1988-W $50 American Gold Eagle would make a great addition to any 1 oz American Gold Eagle series collection. 


Type of coin: $50 Coin

Year: 1988-W $50 American Gold Eagle

American Gold Eagle Mint Mark: West Point

Total mintage: 87,133

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