The 1/10 oz. Gold Eagle has a diameter of 16.5 mm and a thickness of 1.19 mm.
The reverse design is an entirely new creation from U.S. sculptor Miley Busiek that shows a male eagle landing in his nest, among his family. This stunning design symbolizes the freedom of Americans, through our national animal – the Bald Eagle.
This coin was only issued with a business strike in 1986 & 1987, but in 1988 for the first time a version of the 1/10 oz. $5 American Gold Eagle was struck using a collector’s mirrored Proof finish. This stunning new coin was an instant hit among collectors, and sets were soon accumulated. Then in 2006, this coin was released with a special burnished finish. Despite the excellent appearance of the coins with this finish, the U.S. Mint stopped issuing $5 1/10 oz. burnished Gold Eagles in 2008 and have not struck any since.
The high quality struck onto these coins by the U.S. Mint is reflected on the grades assigned to them by 3rd party grading companies. While you might expect fine details and lack of blemishes to be an issue with a coin this small, $5 1/10 oz. Gold American Eagles graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) or the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) make 70’s very frequently!