Collectors who have a fair amount of cash on hand can buy the 2012-W American Eagle Gold Uncirculated Coin directly from United States Mint.
The bureau on Thursday, June 28, 2012, placed the one-ounce, 22-karat uncirculated coin on sale for an opening price of $1,828.00. As gold prices change, so may the price of the Gold Eagle — up to once a week.
This latest release is one of three 2012 Gold Eagles. The other two being the already issued collector proof Gold Eagles and the investment-grade bullion Gold Eagles. Those launched on April 19, 2012 and January 3, 2012.
This year’s uncirculated coin marks the fifth annual release, although the series was introduced six years back in 2006. The U.S. Mint did not offer the uncirculated coin in 2009 as production was limited to the investment-grade bullion version that closely resembles it. It was also not available in 2010 even though the U.S. Mint started re-offering the companion proof which had also been cancelled in 2009.
Like the proof Gold Eagle, each uncirculated coin features the "W" West Point mint mark that notes where it was produced. All three versions share the same designs and coin specifications. In terms of which are most purchased, the bullion comes first followed by the proof. Both of these have an older historys, having been introduced in 1986. The uncirculated coin always has the lowest mintage. In fact, last year’s Eagle set a new mintage low at just 8,822.
A difference between the uncirculated and other two Eagles is that it is only offered in a face value of $50, which is the one-ounce size. The proof and bullion coins are available in denominations of $25, $10 and $5 with gold weights of one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce and one-tenth ounce.
Orders for the 2012-W American Eagle Gold Uncirculated Coin are accepted at the U.S. Mint’s website, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no ordering limits or mintage limits.