Design of this 2008-W Burnished $25 Gold Eagle
The obverse features a variation of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens design that was first used in the first decade of the 20th century. Lady Liberty stands confidently with one foot firmly on the ground and the other set upon a stone. She holds her torch out in front of her in her right hand while she extends an olive branch with her left. She wears a loose fitting garment that, like her hair, blows toward the left of the coin. To the right of her left leg, the year of mintage, "2008," is inscribed. Below that is the mint mark, a "W," an indication of where the coin was struck, in this case, West Point. A small rendering of the United States Capitol building appears in the lower left, while the sun's rays emit upward and outward from the ground on which Liberty stands. 50 stars encircle the image, running along the rim of the coin which represents the fifty states. This is a change from the original Saint-Gaudens design, which had only forty-six stars.
The words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" run along the rim of the reverse of this 2008-W Burnished $25 Gold Eagle at the top. The design itself features a family of eagles. To the lower right, a mother guards her young in the next. Above them, the father is landing. Its wings are open, and it bears and olive branch in its talons. The official motto of the United States, "IN GOD WE TRUST," appears on the right side of the coin, partially in the space between the male and the nest. On the opposite side between the male's tail and the nest is another motto, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (From many, one). A small "MB" is inscribed under the left side of the nest, a nod to the designer, Miley Busiek. The initials "JW" under the other side of the nest belong to the original engraver of the coin. The particulars of the coin, including weight, metal, and face value, are inscribed along the rim at the bottom. That inscription reads, "1/2 OZ. FINE GOLD 25 DOLLARS."
This coin comes in a slab provided by the grading company, the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC), whose logo appears at the bottom of the label. There are just two lines of text on that label besides the certification number and bar code. The first reads, "2008 W EAGLE G$25," which are the year of mintage, mint mark, coin name, metal, and face value. In the middle of the label is its grade, "MS 69," which indicates that the coin is in near perfect condition.
Why add this 2008-W Burnished $25 Gold Eagle to your collection?
This 2008-W Burnished $25 Gold Eagle is a beautiful example of the world's most recognizable bullion coin and would make a very nice addition to many collections, especially those with a focus on American coinage. It measures 27 mm in diameter, smaller than the one oz. version but still large enough to be admired easily. It has a thickness of 1.83 mm. The coin weighs .5454 Troy oz. and has a purity of .9167. With a grade of MS 69, the condition of this coin is very good while the premium is lower than it would be on an MS 70 version.
|Year of Issue:||2008|
|Weight in Grams:||15.5 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||1/2 oz|