Gold Eagles made their debut in 1986 following a congressional act signed into law in 1985 requiring their production. The design features Lady Liberty walking in front of the rays of a rising sun, with a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. Behind her is the United States Capitol Building. Stars surround the periphery of the obverse. The design was originally used for the St. Gaudens $20 Double Eagle, minted from 1907-1933. The reverse of Gold Eagles, designed by Miley Busiek, shows a male Bald Eagle with an olive branch in its talons landing at its nest, which holds a female with her wing around her hatchlings.
The only major design change to date was a change in the year on the coins from Roman numerals to Arabic numerals in 1992.
Each Gold Eagle is made of 22kt (.9167) fine gold, and the series comes in four denominations:
|$5 (1/10 oz.) Gold Eagle||16.5mm
|0.1091 Troy oz.
(3.393 g, 0.120 oz.)
|$10 (1/4 oz.) Gold Eagle||22mm
|0.2727 Troy oz.
(8.483 g, 0.299 oz.)
|$25 (1/2 oz.) Gold Eagle||27mm
|0.5454 Troy oz.
(16.965 g, 0.598 oz.)
|$50 (1 oz.) Gold Eagle||32.7mm
|1.0909 Troy oz.
(33.930 g, 1.197 oz.)