2006-W $25 Proof Gold Eagle
Continuing the proof Gold Eagle series, the 2006 1/2 ounce issue carries the same design and markings as previous $25 proof Gold Eagles, making this a very nice addition to a date series set of this issue. Their .9167 (22 karat) fineness is also above that of the classic gold coins of the United States, making it an attractive and affordable alternative to the classics for those seeking to collect and hold this timeless precious metal.
2006-W Proof Gold Eagle design
The obverse design features a true to form rendition of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' full length figure of Lady Liberty with flowing hair, holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left, with the Capitol building in the left background. This has been said by many to be the most beautiful design to ever grace a US coin.
The reverse design, by sculptor Miley Busiek, features a male eagle carrying an olive branch flying above a nest containing a female eagle and her hatchlings. Along the bottom edge of the design the standard weight of 1/2 ounce is prominently displayed.
Proof Gold Eagles as collectibles
Although the Gold Eagle program was brought into being by a law governing bullion coins, the Proof Gold Eagles were minted in far lower quantities and specially handled at the mint for sale specifically to collectors. These coins were minted with collectors in mind, specially struck multiple times for the sharpest detail with dies specially treated to have the darkest mirror fields and brightest satiny frosted details.
NGC PF70 Ultra Cameo - making the grade
This coin was graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as proof 70 on a 1-70 scale. This means that this coin is visibly flawless - theoretically the 'perfect' coin. Its visible contrast between the fields and the details warrant the 'ultra cameo' designation, meaning that the contrast is readily visible at a distance. The utter beauty of this series places it in a league to be considered by any serious collector, and with a mere mintage of just over 36,000 pieces, this coin is among the class of some of the scarcest Gold Eagles minted!
|Year of Issue:||2006|
|Weight in Grams:||16.96 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||1/2 oz|