1988 Proof Gold American Eagle - 1 Troy Oz

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1988 Proof American Gold Eagle

The 1988 Proof American Gold Eagle is part of the prestigious American Gold Eagle series, first introduced by the United States Mint in 1986. These US Mint American Eagle coins quickly became a popular choice for both collectors and investors due to their beautiful design and gold content guaranteed by the U.S. government.


Coin Highlights:

  • Year of Issue: 1988.
  • Mint: United States Mint. Proof versions are typically produced at the West Point Mint facility, but older proofs may not display a W mint mark.
  • Face Value: Offered in denominations of 1 oz ($50), 1/2 oz ($25), 1/4 oz ($10), and 1/10 oz ($5).
  • Purity and Weight: Composed of 22 karat gold (91.67% gold, the rest being a mix of silver and copper for durability). The total gold weight corresponds to the denominational weights (1 oz, 1/2 oz, etc.). These qualify for storage in a precious metals IRA.
  • Design: The obverse features Augustus Saint-Gaudens' iconic full-length figure of Lady Liberty, and the reverse, designed by Miley Busiek, shows a male eagle flying above a nest with a female eagle and hatchlings. The 1988 Proof version is one of only six years (1986 - 1991) that has the year written in Roman numerals: MCMLXXXVIII.
  • Finish: Proof quality, meaning these coins are struck multiple times with specially prepared dies, resulting in a mirror-like surface and detailed frosted imagery.
  • Diameter: For the 1 oz coin, the diameter or width is 32.7 mm. The diameters vary for smaller denominations (27 mm for the 1/2 oz, 22 mm for the 1/4 oz, and 16.5 mm for the 1/10 oz).
  • Thickness: The thickness varies by denomination but is typically about 2.87 mm for the 1 oz coin.
  • Mintage: For 1988, the proof mintages were lower than for bullion coins, making them more rare and sought-after among collectors. The limited edition 1988 1 oz Proof American Gold Eagle had 87,133 minted.
  • Packaging: Each coin comes in a protective capsule within a satin-lined velvet presentation case, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity (COA).
  • Collectability and Investment: Highly sought after for their aesthetic and historical value, with a premium over the gold spot price due to their rarity, collectible status, and proof finish.

The 1988 Proof American Gold Eagle represents the third year of the proof series and holds particular appeal for collectors and investors alike, embodying both the rich history and artistic design representative of American coinage.


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Product Specifications
Mint Facility: US Mint
Denomination: $50.00 USD
Date: 1988
Quality / Type: Proof
Purity: 91.67% gold (22 karat), 3% silver, 5.33% copper
Metal Weight: 1 oz. - 1 troy ounce (1.0909 gross)
Diameter: 1.287 inches (32.70 mm)
Edge: Reeded
Obverse: Standing Liberty
Reverse: Nesting Eagles
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