Gold Coin Information
The American Gold Eagle was first offered by the United States Mint in 1986 as a 22 karat gold bullion coin. Proof versions of the coin were also offered for collectors. Since 2006, collectible uncirculated versions of the coin have been produced which are struck on specially burnished blanks and carry the “W” mint mark. The 2008 Gold Eagles experienced a somewhat tumultuous year with high sales for bullion coins and low production of collectible coins which may have created some new key dates.
On March 4, 2008, the 2008 Proof Gold Eagles went on sale at the US Mint. About a month later on April 1, 2008, the 2008-W Uncirculated Gold Eagles went on sale. Each offering included individual coins for each fractional denomination: 1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce, and 1/10 ounce coins. There was also a Four Coin Set available for both Uncirculated and Proof coins, which included one coin of each denomination.
The start of sales unfortunately coincided with a temporary top for the price of gold. This resulted in the coins being priced at very high premiums for much of the year. Prices for the coins was not lowered until November. At the lower prices, the 2008 Gold Eagle coins sold briskly for the next several months with a steady stream of sold out options. The final options sold out early in 2009.
Notably, some collectible coin options for the American Gold Eagle have been eliminated from the 2009 US Mint product line up. In 2009, the US Mint will no longer offer the 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce, 1/10 ounce options for the collectible Uncirculated Gold Eagles, as well as the Four Coin Set which contains these coins.
The 2008 Gold Eagle coins showed both ups and downs. The mintage for the bullion coins shot up from the prior year level. The mintage for the one ounce bullion coin showed an increase of over 400% from the prior year. The mintages for the collectible coins dropped from prior years and established new lows for some options. The 2008 Proof Gold Eagle 1/10 ounce coin showed the lowest mintage on record for its denomination. The 2008-W Uncirculated Gold Eagles were dominated by new lows.
The mintage figures below represent unaudited US Mint sales data available at the time of posting. This information may change. The 1/2 oz. Uncirculated coin mintage includes sales number from the Double Prosperity Set, which includes the coin.
|2008 Gold Eagle Mintages|
|1 oz.||1/2 oz.||1/4 oz.||1/10 oz.|
See Gold Eagle Mintages for all years.
Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens (obverse) , Miley Busiek (reverse)
Mint: West Point
Weight: varies based on denomination
Composition: 91.67% gold, 3% silver, 5.33% copper
Diameter: varies based on denomination
Thickness: varies based on denomination