2004 American Gold Eagle

The 2004 Gold Eagle (Buy on eBay) marked a temporary peak for the gold bullion sales numbers after several years of growth. Mintages increased by small amounts for the one ounce, one-half ounce, and one-tenth ounce coins with a small decline for the one-quarter ounce coin. Overall sales of the Gold Eagle bullion coins would experience declines for the next three years of the series.

2004 Gold Eagle
2004 American Gold Eagle

As customary, the United States Mint produced a line of 2004 Proof Gold Eagle (Buy on eBay) collectible coins. The coins were first available on May 24, 2004, including  individual options for each denomination as well as a 4 Coin Set. Price levels for each product were increased from the prior year due to the rising price of gold. The one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, one-tenth ounce, and 4 Coin Set were priced at $675, $335, $175, $90, and $1,175, respectively. Production limits were in place for each individual coin and the set.

During 2004, the price of gold briefly dipped below $400, but then moved higher in the second half of the year. The price of gold began the year at $416.25 per ounce, and closed the year at $435.60 per ounce.

2004 Gold Eagle Specifications

Date: 2004
Mint Mark: none (bullion), W (proof)
Composition: 91.67% gold, 3% silver, 5.33% copper
Weight ($10 Coin):
0.2727 troy oz (8.483 grams)
Diameter ($10 Coin): 0.866 inches (22.0 mm)
Thickness ($10 Coin): 0.070 inches (1.78 mm)
Designers: Augustus Saint-Gaudens (obverse), Miley Busiek (reverse)

2004 Gold Eagle Mintage

Bullion Mintage: 417,019 (1 oz), 98,040 (1/2 oz), 72,014 (1/4 oz), 250,016 (1/10 oz)
Proof Mintage: 28,215 (1 oz), 27,330 (1/2 oz), 28,839 (1/4 oz), 35,131 (1/10 oz)

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