The famous Double Eagle gold piece designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a leading sculptor of his day, is often cited as one the most beautiful American coins ever issued. Congress inaugurated the American Eagle Coin Program in annual tribute to that coin in the mid-Eighties, and they began to be struck at the West Point Mint in 1994. The modern series features renditions of Saint Gaudens’ original design work coupled with the vision of modern medallic artists, and the 1997-W 1/2 oz Proof American Gold Eagle Coin is now available for purchase from JM Bullion.
- Ships in a presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity!
- Issued in 1997 as part of the U.S. Mint’s American Eagle Coin Program!
- Contains 1/2 oz Troy of actual gold content.
- Carries a face value of $25 (USD) backed by the United States government.
- Obverse side features Saint-Gaudens’ design of Lady Liberty.
- Reverse side features Miley Busiek’s distinctive bald eagle artwork.
One of the most prestigious American sculptors of his era, and indeed perhaps of any era, Augustus Saint-Gaudens designed a wealth of political and military monuments and memorials, many of which are still standing today. Working in the Neoclassical Beaux Arts style, he was also responsible for famous works of public art like the “Diana of the Tower” that long graced the skyline of New York. Theodore Roosevelt specifically requested his touch in beautifying American coinage, and the resulting high-relief designs were ahead of their time, leaving a major mark on the field of numismatics.
The U.S. Mint’s annual celebration of his work, the American Eagle Coin Program, includes the 1997-W Proof American Gold Eagle Coin. It boasts a high-quality proof finish that delivers the coin’s full, original luster with a blemish-free surface. JM Bullion ships this coin to you fully insured against loss or damage in secure box packaging, along with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The coin’s obverse side features a faithful rendition of Saint-Gaudens’ classic image Lady Liberty with flowing hair, a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. She’s accompanied by the inscriptions “LIBERTY” and “1994.”
The reverse side features a bald eagle in flight clutching an olive branch, returning to a nest containing his mate and their hatchlings. This is accompanied by the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “25 DOLLARS,” along with a “W” mint mark.
Contact the team at JM Bullion today if you have any questions about this or any of the items on offer in our marketplace. You can call us at 800-276-6508, send us an e-mail inquiry, or chat with an agent live online.