2006-W Burnished 1 oz. Gold American Eagle Coin – Mint State 70
The US Mint introduced “burnished uncirculated” collector issue American Gold and Silver Eagles for the first time in 2006 – the Mint call these coins “uncirculated.” These coins should however not be confused with the regular “bullion issue” gold eagles minted since 1986 to today.
Burnished Gold Eagles, including the one listed here, are produced by using specially burnished planchets (or blanks). When these specially prepared planchets are struck by the die, burnished coins with a smooth matte-like finish get produced - collector issue coins with a special finish. These coins are all produced at the US Mint facility at West Point and carry the “W” mintmark.
The 2006-W $50 Gold Eagle NGC Mint State 70 listed here was struck in .9167 fine gold. It is the same standard that was established for circulating gold coinage more than 350 years ago. This standard produces harder and more durable gold coins, coins that are more resistant to marring and scratching.
NGC Certified .9167 gold bullion Coin
The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) certified this collector issue .9167 gold bullion coin a Mint State 70 – a coin that is an optimal example of a Mint state coin.
This 2006-W American Gold Eagle - NGC MS70 is a coin of exceptional eye appeal and original mint luster. It shows no traces of contact, handling, scratches or wear under a 5x microscope – making it a perfect mint state coin as far as the naked eye can see. Gold coins in Mint State 70 grade demand healthy premiums above spot. It is no different here.
Design of the 2006-W Burnished $50 Gold Eagle NGC MS70
The obverse features a beautiful rendition of Liberty. It is a modified rendition of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Liberty design – the same design featured on the 1907 and 1933 double eagles. The Capitol building is depicted to the lower right of Lady Liberty.
Inscriptions on the obverse of this 2006-W Burnished $50 Gold Eagle NGC MS70 include: “LIBERTY,” “2006,” the “W” mintmark of West point and the initials of Saint-Gaudens.
The reverse features a rendition of a family of eagles as created by nationally recognized sculptor, Miley Tucker-Frost (nee Busiek).
Inscriptions on the reverse include: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” the “MB” initials of Miley Tucker-Frost, “1 OZ. FINE GOLD – 50 DOLLARS” as well as the “JW” initials of the original engraver.
Why purchase this 2006-W Burnished American Gold Eagle $50 MS70 NGC 1 oz?
This collector issue 2006-W US gold eagle comes in top grade – coins in this grade demand top dollar and for good reason. This is a chance to acquire one at a competitive price, including free domestic shipping.
This NGC certified gold coin has a face value of $50, but its real value lies in its 1 oz. .9167 fine gold content and artistic designs, including a modified rendition of the famous Liberty design of Saint-Gaudens. The real value of its face value lies in its legal tender status - its purity, weight and content are guaranteed by the federal government.
Mintage of burnished Gold Eagles has historically been much lower than that of regular “bullion issue” gold eagles and even Proofs. This low mintage makes these “sleeper” coins to some extent, especially considering that the market has not catch up to its potential yet.
This is why savvy collectors choose to add these US gold coins their collections, including the collector issue “burnished” gold bullion coin listed here. It is the first of such coins that was issued by the Mint.
|Year of Issue:||2006|
|Display Weight:||1 oz|
|Weight in Grams:||31.1032 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||1 oz|
|Legal Tender:||United States|
|Obverse Design:||Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle design|
|Reverse Design:||Family of Eagles|
|Reverse Designer/Engraver:||Augustus Saint-Gaudens|
|Obverse Designer/Engraver:||Miley Busiek|