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1988 American Eagle 1 oz Gold Coin BU

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In 1986, the introduction of the American Gold Eagle from the United States Mint marked a groundbreaking shift in minting history, disrupting a tradition dating back to the 1830s. Prior to its launch, the US Mint exclusively minted .900 gold coins, with some featuring crown gold alloys as far back as 1832. Presently, the 1988 American Eagle 1 oz Gold Coin is up for grabs at Provident Metals, available for purchase.

Coin Highlights:

  • Ships secured in a protective flip!
  • Represents the 3rd release of American Gold Eagle coins!
  • Limited mintage of only 465,500!
  • Contains 1 Troy oz of actual gold content in BU condition.
  • Holds a face value of $50 (USD) backed by the federal government.
  • Obverse side features Liberty by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
  • Reverse field includes the bald eagle nesting family from Miley Busiek.

Each 1988 American Eagle 1 oz Gold Coin listed here is in BU condition, exhibiting no signs of wear and tear. Although minor flaws like breaks in luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks from the coining process may be observed.


On the obverse of the 1988 American Eagle Gold Coin lies the timeless image of Liberty, crafted in 1907 by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt to reimagine American gold coinage, this depiction portrays Liberty striding confidently into an unknown future. Inscriptions read LIBERTY, and MCMLXXXVIII.


The reverse of all 1988 American Eagle 1 oz Coin showcases the family of nesting bald eagles. It portrays a female bald eagle vigilantly overseeing a nest with young hatchlings, while a male bald eagle with an olive branch in its talons soars overhead. This design, specifically created for these coins by Miley Busiek in 1986, captures the essence of familial care and protection. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, IN GOD WE TRUST, 1 OZ. FINE GOLD, and 50 DOLLARS.


A contributing factor to this decline in popularity was the emergence of various proof American Eagle Gold Coins by 1988. While the bullion coin was initially released with all four weights available in 1986, the proof version was limited to the one-ounce coin. However, by 1988, fractional sizes of 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz were introduced.


Should any queries arise regarding the 1988 American Eagle 1 oz Gold Coins, don’t hesitate to reach out to Provident Metals. Our dedicated customer service team awaits your call at 1-800-313-3315. Alternatively, connect with us through our website’s live chat feature or drop us an email. Your inquiries matter to us!

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When the subtotal of your purchase, including applicable discounts, is $199 or more, you receive free shipping for your entire order. In order to receive free shipping on purchases of $199 or more, you must live within the 50 US states. For orders less than $199, a $9.95 shipping fee applies. All products are discreetly packaged and shipped with full insurance included.

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Product Details

Year 1988
Mint Mark Not Shown
Metals Purity .9167
Producer US Mint
Thickness 2.87 mm
Diameter 32.7 mm
Condition Brilliant Uncirculated
Denomination $50
Country United States
Designer (Obverse) Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Designer (Reverse) Miley Busiek
Edge Style Reeded
Product Series American Eagle
Certificate of Authenticity No
Mintage 465,500
Packaging Plastic Flip
Packaging Dimensions 1.3 x 1.3 x 0.1
Metal Content 1 Troy Ounce
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Capsule Size 32
Provident ID 2573310