The New Gold Eagle Key Dates


Based on last reported sales data, it seems that four 2008 Gold Eagles may have the lowest mintages ever for their respective denominations. This includes one coin which might have the lowest mintage for any American Gold Eagle ever.

Three of the new lows were reached for the so-called “collectible” uncirculated versions of the Gold Eagle. The US Mint first offered these coins in 2006. The coins are struck on specially burnished blanks and carry the “W” mint mark for the West Point Mint. Late in 2008, the US Mint announced that most of these collectible uncirculated versions would be discontinued for 2009.



The figures below are the last reported sales figures for the 2008 Gold Eagles. The sales figures for each coin reflect the totals from both individual sales plus four coin set sales. For the 2008-W $25 Unc Gold Eagle, the figures also include Double Prosperity Set sales. Final mintage figures for the 2008 Gold Eagles have not yet been released by the US Mint.

Gold Eagle Sales Figures
1 oz. 1/2 oz. 1/4 oz. 1/10 oz.
Proof 29,399 27,864 28,301 29,155
Uncirculated (W) 12,387 16,126 9,200 13,376

2008-W Uncirculated $50 Gold Eagle – With last reported sales of 12,387, this coin would have the lowest mintage for any one ounce uncirculated Gold Eagle. The next lowest figure is more than double. This coin also has the lowest mintage for any one ounce Gold Eagle in any version. The only one ounce Gold Eagle with a lower mintage was the 2006-W Reverse Proof Gold Eagle at 10,000.

2008 Proof $5 Gold Eagle – With last reported sales of 29,155, this coin would have the lowest mintage for any one-tenth ounce Proof Gold Eagle. The next lowest figure of 34, 977 was reached in 1997.

2008-W Uncirculated $5 Gold Eagle – With last reported sales of 13,376, this coin would have hte lowest mintage for any one-tenth ounce Uncirculated Gold Eagle. The next lowest mintage is the 2007-W with 24,300. This coin would also have the lowest mintage for any one-tenth ounce Gold Eagle in any version.

2008-W Uncirculated $10 Gold Eagle – With last reported sales of 9,200, this coin would have the lowest mintage for any one-quarter ounce Uncirculated Gold Eagle. The next lowest mintage is the 2007-W with 14,615. Most notably, this coin would have the lowest mintage for Gold Eagle ever. This is across all denominations ($50, $25, $10, $5) and all versions (uncirculated, proof, bullion).

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    Certainly interesting for the long run. I’ve heard comparisons to the 1999W mint mark “error.” However those are in the error category while these are regular strikes.

  2. Brad says

    In regards to the 2008-W Uncirculated $50 gold eagle being the lowest one ounce version ever, that isn’t quite true. Remember, the 2006 20th Anniversary set contained the Reverse Proof $50 one ounce coin, and it’s mintage was only 10,000.

  3. Michael says

    Brad-

    Good catch. I forgot about that one. I have fixed the reference in the main post.

  4. Anonymous says

    Michael, could you show us where you got these numbers? I took a look at David Harper’s Mint Stats numbers posted on March 4, and the numbers you supplied don’t add up the same as his. Maybe I’m looking at the wrong list of numbers. Let me know. Thanks!

  5. Michael says

    The numbers come from the Mar 4 Mint Stats.

    The total for each coin is made up of the individual sales plus the 4 Coin Set sales.

    For the 2008-W $25 Unc Gold Eagle, I also added the Double Prosperity Set sales since the set contains this coin.

  6. Anonymous says

    Thanks, Michael. I kept getting larger numbers; I figured they HAD to have made way more since I received these just before they ran out!

    Hoping 11,048 will be a magic number for 2008-W Unc Buff 1/2 as well! I guess any frac Buff is good at this point….

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