2022-W Proof American Gold Eagles Launch

Five new products debut at noon ET from the United States Mint as part of its line-up of 2022-W Proof American Gold Eagles. They include individual 1 oz., 1/2 oz., 1/4 oz. and 1/10 oz coins as well as a four-coin set which contains one of each.

2022-W $50 Proof American Gold Eagle – Obverse and Reverse

Composed in 22-karat gold, every one of them is produced at the West Point Mint as a proof quality numismatic version of the US Mint’s American Gold Eagle bullion coins. Proofs are the highest quality coins struck by the Mint. They feature frosted designs and mirror-like backgrounds.

Each proof Gold Eagle carries new designs introduced last year as part of the US Mint’s 35th anniversary refresh of the series. For those following the program, 2021 saw two design versions of the coins, the original or classic (Type 1) and its successor (Type 2). Type 2’s offer a refreshed obverse (heads side) and an all-new reverse (tails side). 2022 American Gold Eagles continue the type 2 imagery.

2021-W $5 Proof American Gold Eagles - Type 1 and Type 2This CoinNews photo shows reverses (tails side) of a Type 1 and Type 2 2021-W $5 Proof American Gold Eagle. This year’s 2022-W Proof American Gold Eagles will feature the newer, Type 2 designs.

Designs and Specifications

Obverse still feature Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ full-length figure of Liberty with flowing hair, holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. The image has appeared on Gold Eagles since their 1986 debut but was first seen on 1907-1933 $20 Gold Coins. As part of its refresh last year, the US Mint returned to its original historical assets to render a closer reflection of Saint-Gaudens’ original vision and detail.

Obverse inscriptions include “LIBERTY” and “2022.” In addition, the mintmark of “W” appears on the obverse indicating each coin’s production at the West Point Mint.

Obverse (heads side) imagery of the gold coinObverse (heads side) imagery of the gold coins

Reverses offer the new portrait of an eagle, as created by US Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) designer Jennie Norris and sculpted by Mint Medallic Artist Renata Gordon.

Reverse (tails side) imagery of the gold coinsReverse (tails side) imagery of the gold coins

Reverse inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” the artists’ initials, the coin’s legal tender face value, and the coin’s precious metal weight.

American Eagle Gold Coin Specifications

$50 $25 $10 $5
Composition 22k Gold (91.67% Gold
3.0% Silver
balance copper)
weight 1.0909 troy oz.
(33,931 grams)
0.5455 troy oz.
(16,966 grams)
0.2727 troy oz.
(8,483 grams)
.1091 troy oz.
(3,393 grams)
diam 1.287 inches
1,063 inches
0.866 in
0.650 in
Edge Reeded Edge Variation Reeded Edge
Thickness 0.113 inches
0.085 in
0.070 in
0.049 in

As shown, the 1-ounce coin features anti-counterfeit variable reeding on the edge. The fractional sizes do not.

Limits, Prices and Ordering

2022-W Proof American Gold Eagles and the four-coin set of them are available from the US Mint’s online page of gold coins, located here.

Each option has the listed product, mintage limit and price as shown below:

Product option product limit Min days limit Price*
2022 $50 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin (1 oz.) 6,000 16,000 $2,850.00
2022 $25 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin (1/2 oz.) 2,000 12,000 $1,450.00
2022 $10 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin (1/4 oz.) 4,500 14,500 $752.50
2022 $5 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin (1/10 oz.) 14,000 24,000 $330.00
2022 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins (Four Coin Set) 10,000 N / A $5,332.50

Prices can adjust weekly based on the Mint’s precious metals coin pricing matrix. As of Thursday morning, the Mint’s published gold coin prices are based on an average of LBMA gold that is within $1,950.00 to $1,999.99 an ounce. LBMA gold prices have been under $1,950 an ounce for a couple days in a row now.

In addition, an initial household order limit of one per product has been established by the US Mint for the first 24 hours from the on-sale time

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