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Your Precious Metals "Checking Account"

It is smart to diversify your precious metals into two categories. The first category is your "checking account," which is bullion that hasn't been certified to have any unique numismatic value. This part of your portfolio can be accessed more quickly than your savings account items by selling it for a value linked to the current spot price. The value of this portion of your portfolio will rise and fall with the current market price of the metal, and offers you diversification from your Dollar-based investments.

Your precious metals "checking account" works like an insurance policy. Should the stock market or the Dollar face a crash, the value of your precious metals will increase to help compensate you for your losses in your Dollar-based investments. Because gold and silver have been accepted as having value for thousands of years, this is an "insurance policy" that you can cash out of at any time.

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Your Precious Metals "Savings Account"

Your precious metals "savings account" consists of investment-grade rare coins that have been certified to have numismatic value above and beyond their metal melt value. Because they have value as rare coins, they are not affected by changes in the spot price of gold and silver to the extent that bullion (your precious metals "checking account") is. This offers you further diversification both from the ups and downs of the traditional markets and from the ups and downs of the precious metals markets.

While investment-grade coins are more stable than bullion, they can take longer to liquidate. As a result, they should be considered part of a long-term buy-and-hold strategy.

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The American Gold Eagle is an official gold bullion coin of the United States. Authorized under the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985, it was first released by the United States Mint in 1986. Offered in 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, and 1 oz denominations, these coins are guaranteed by the U.S. government to contain the stated amount of actual gold weight in troy ounces. By law, the gold must come from sources in America, with an additional alloy of silver and copper to produce a more wear-resistant coin of .9167 (22 karat, which had long been the crown gold English standard for gold coins, and before 1834, for American gold coins as well). It is authorized by the United States Congress and is backed by the United States Mint for weight and content. Gold Eagles are among the most highly collected coins in the world.

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Mintage and Population Tables

The following tables give mintage and population numbers for mint state (uncirculated) and proof Gold American Eagles. You can use these data to determine the rarity of particular coins. All data in these tables are taken from U.S. Mint, PCGS, or NGC released data as of the date listed. These numbers may change over time.

Gold American Eagle Uncirculated Coin Mintages

Date 1 oz. ($50) 1/2 oz. ($25) 1/4 oz. ($10) 1/10 oz. ($5) Sets Set Rarity Ranking
1986 1,362,650 599,566 726,031 912,609 599,566 28
1987 1,045,500 131,255 269,255 580,266 131,255 25
1988 465,500 45,000 49,000 159,500 45,000 6
1989 415,790 44,829 81,789 264,790 44,829 5
1990 373,210 31,000 41,000 210,210 31,000 2
1991 243,100 24,100 36,100 165,200 24,100 1
1992 275,000 54,404 59,546 209,300 54,404 10
1993 480,192 73,324 71,864 210,709 71,864 18
1994 221,663 62,400 72,650 206,380 62,400 15
1995 200,636 53,474 83,752 223,025 53,474 9
1996 189,148 39,287 60,318 401,964 39,287 4
1997 664,508 79,605 108,805 528,515 79,605 23
1998 1,468,530 169,029 309,829 1,344,520 309,829 26
1999 1,505,026 263,013 564,232 2,750,338 564,232 27
2000 433,319 79,287 128,964 569,153 79,287 22
2001 143,605 48,047 71,280 269,147 48,047 8
2002 222,029 70,027 62,027 230,027 62,027 14
2003 416,032 79,029 74,029 245,029 74,029 21
2004 417,019 98,040 72,014 250,016 72,014 19
2005 356,555 80,023 72,015 300,043 72,015 20
2006 237,510 66,005 60,004 285,006 60,004 12
2007 140,016 47,002 34,004 190,010 34,004 3
2008 710,000 61,000 70,000 305,000 61,000 13
2009 1,493,000 110,000 110,000 270,000 110,000 24
2010 1,125,000 81,000 86,000 435,000 81,000 7
2011 857,000 70,000 80,000 350,000 70,000 16
2012 675,000 43,000 90,000 290,000 43,000 17
2013* 758,500 57,000 114,500 555,000 57,000 11
2014* 425,000 35,000 90,000 545,000 35,000 TBD
2015* 626,000 75,000 158,000 980,000 75,000 TBD
2016* TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Gold American Eagle Proof Coin Mintages

Date 1 oz. ($50) 1/2 oz. ($25) 1/4 oz. ($10) 1/10 oz. ($5) Sets Set Rarity Ranking
1986-W 446,290 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 446,290 26
1987 (W) 147,498 (P) 143,398 Not Issued Not Issued 143,398 25
1988 (W) 87,133 (P) 76,528 (P) 98,028 (P) 143,881 76,528 24
1989 (W) 54,570 (P) 44,798 (P) 54,170 (P) 84,647 44,798 18
1990 (W) 62,401 (P) 51,636 (P) 62,674 (P) 99,349 51,636 22
1991 (W) 50,411 (P) 53,125 (P) 50,839 (P) 70,334 50,411 21
1992 (W) 44,826 (P) 40,976 (P) 46,269 (P) 64,874 40,976 15
1993 (W) 34,369 (P) 43,819 (P) 46,464 (P) 58,649 34,369 13
1994-W 46,674 44,584 48,172 62,849 44,584 17
1995-W 46,368 45,388 47,526 62,667 45,388 20
1996-W 36,153 35,058 38,219 57,047 35,058 14
1997-W 32,999 26,344 29,805 34,977 26,344 5
1998-W 25,886 25,374 29,503 39,395 25,374 4
1999-W 31,427 30,427 34,417 48,428 30,427 9
2000-W 33,007 32,028 36,036 49,971 32,028 10
2001-W 24,555 23,240 25,613 37,530 23,240 3
2002-W 27,499 26,646 29,242 40,864 26,646 6
2003-W 28,344 28,270 30,292 40,027 28,270 8
2004-W 28,215 27,330 28,839 35,131 27,330 7
2005-W 35,246 34,311 37,207 49,265 34,311 11
2006-W 47,092 34,322 36,127 47,277 34,322 12
2007-W 51,810 44,025 46,189 58,553 44,025 16
2008-W 30,237 22,602 18,877 28,116 18,877 2
2009-W Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued
2010-W 59,480 44,527 44,507 54,285 44,507 19
2011-W 48,306 26,781 28,782 42,697 26,781 23
2012-W 23,630 12,809 13,775 20,740 12,809 1
2013-W* 24,710 12,718 12,789 21,742 12,718 TBD
2014-W* 28,703 14,693 14,790 22,725 14,693 TBD
2015-W* 32,652 15,820 15,775 26,769 15,775 TBD
2016-W* TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Gold American Eagle MS70 PCGS Populations (As of 28 Jul 2017)
Includes regular label and First Strike labels

Date 1 oz. ($50) 1/2 oz. ($25) 1/4 oz. ($10) 1/10 oz. ($5) Sets Set Rarity Ranking
1986 56 68 54 64 54 17
1987 100 8 17 27 8 6
1988 11 37 7 4 4 3
1989 25 7 51 22 7 5
1990 36 3 6 15 3 2
1991 38 20 26 57 20 13
1992 10 16 17 13 10 8
1993 66 33 21 44 21 14
1994 1 22 21 15 1 1
1995 5 15 6 22 5 4
1996 15 20 17 51 15 12
1997 46 13 16 126 13 11
1998 88 12 38 146 12 9
1999 88 12 66 879 12 10
2000 45 18 9 38 9 7
2001 46 43 34 77 34 16
2002 45 37 25 85 25 15
2003 378 381 485 392 378 24
2004 485 871 423 251 251 21
2005 910 951 449 656 449 25
2006 1,484 619 739 368 619 27
2007 201 75 77 122 75 18
2008 269 108 417 616 108 19
2009 722 862 1,225 8,443 862 28
2010 4,537 488 507 10,848 488 26
2011 1,679 489 261 7,661 261 22
2012 765 255 235 557 235 20
2013 4,414 3,908 4,494 6,144 3,908 32
2014 2,214 986 1,089 1,265 986 29
2015 2,905 300 306 5,720 300 23
2016 4,897 2,917 8,003 10,096 2,917 31
2017 4,427 1,641 2,219 6,740 1,641 30

Gold American Eagle Proof 70 NGC Populations (As of 25 Aug 2016)
Includes both regular label and Early Release labels.

Date 1 oz. ($50) 1/2 oz. ($25) 1/4 oz. ($10) 1/10 oz. ($5) Sets Set Rarity Ranking
1986-W (W)1,591 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 1,591 23
1987 (W)1,481 (P)773 Not Issued Not Issued 773 13
1988 (W) 1,312 (P) 778 (P) 1,295 (P) 1,745 778 14
1989 (W) 1,061 (P) 558 (P) 865 (P) 1,077 558 4
1990 (W) 952 (P) 327 (P) 699 (P) 1,467 327 2
1991 (W) 927 (P) 804 (P) 1,064 (P) 1,398 804 8
1992 (W) 691 (P) 538 (P) 709 (P) 1,053 538 6
1993 (W) 494 (P) 200 (P) 377 (P) 767 200 1
1994-W 728 664 821 709 664 12
1995-W 1,031 1,173 1,239 931 931 18
1996-W 596 707 764 654 596 9
1997-W 613 571 611 555 555 7
1998-W 485 582 786 656 485 5
1999-W 525 448 628 555 448 3
2000-W 652 677 718 801 652 11
2001-W 612 777 738 871 612 10
2002-W 749 839 850 886 749 16
2003-W 917 1,024 1,055 1,096 917 19
2004-W 741 804 799 850 741 15
2005-W 1,213 1,269 1,281 1,792 1,213 20
2006-W 2,200 2,135 2,021 4,403 2,021 28
2006-W
REV
2,887 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 2,887 25
2007-W 2,287 2,127 2,220 2,954 2,127 29
2008-W 854 860 746 1,342 746 17
2009-W Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued
2010-W 1,906 1,994 2,182 2,457 1,906 27
2011-W 1,522 2,298 1,366 1,831 1,366 22
2012-W 1,790 3,183 1,997 2,098 1,790 26
2013-W 1,328 2,202 1,238 1,864 1,238 21
2014-W 1,471 1,557 1,662 2,153 1,471 24
2015-W 3,292 3,182 3,162 4011 3,162 TBD
2016-W 4,105 3,257 3,190 5,117 3,190 TBD

Gold American Eagle Uncirculated (Burnished) Coin Mintages

Date 1 oz. ($50) 1/2 oz. ($25) 1/4 oz. ($10) 1/10 oz. ($5) Sets Set Rarity Ranking
2006-W 45,053 15,164 15,188 20,643 15,164 4
2007-W 18,066 11,455 12,766 22,501 11,455 3
2008-W 11,908 16,682 8,883 12,657 8,883 2
2009-W Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not issued
2010-W Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued
2011-W 8,729 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 8,729 3
2012-W 5,829 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 5,829 1
2013-W* 7,293 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 7,293 2
2014-W* 7,902 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 7,902 TBD
2015-W* 6,533 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 6,533 TBD
2016-W* TBD Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued TBD TBD

Gold American Eagle Burnished MS70 PCGS Populations (As of 19 June 2014)

Date 1 oz. ($50) 1/2 oz. ($25) 1/4 oz. ($10) 1/10 oz. ($5) Sets Set Rarity Ranking
2006-W 1,172 1,682 1,288 1,175 1,172 5
2007-W 424 708 863 540 424 2
2008-W 756 1,170 1,147 428 428 3
2009-W Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not issued
2010-W Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued
2011-W 1,675 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 1,675 6
2012-W 825 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 825 4
2013-W 2,027 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 2,027 7
2014-W 167 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 167 1

Gold American Eagle Proof 70 PCGS Populations (As of 25 Aug 2016)
Includes regular label and First Strike labels

Date 1 oz. ($50) 1/2 oz. ($25) 1/4 oz. ($10) 1/10 oz. ($5) Sets Set Rarity Ranking
1986-W (W)963 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 963 23
1987 (W)1,105 (P)521 Not Issued Not Issued 521 17
1988 (W) 925 (P) 503 (P) 848 (P) 776 503 19
1989 (W) 873 (P) 357 (P) 505 (P) 401 357 8
1990 (W) 615 (P) 278 (P) 435 (P) 844 278 2
1991 (W) 414 (P) 591 (P) 801 (P) 939 414 11
1992 (W) 328 (P) 372 (P) 467 (P) 516 328 7
1993 (W) 353 (P) 263 (P) 356 (P) 511 263 1
1994-W 441 462 481 375 375 10
1995-W 564 667 757 374 374 13
1996-W 381 545 603 322 322 12
1997-W 396 372 397 217 217 3
1998-W 254 328 431 282 254 6
1999-W 224 265 287 202 202 5
2000-W 351 430 377 340 340 9
2001-W 234 448 322 255 234 4
2002-W 446 732 588 432 432 16
2003-W 599 735 735 454 454 18
2004-W 425 527 512 393 393 14
2005-W 540 576 429 637 429 15
2006-W 988 731 549 754 549 21
2006-W
REV
1,790 Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued 1,756 29
2007-W 646 730 713 702 646 22
2008-W 658 750 574 425 425 20
2009-W Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued Not Issued
2010-W 1,798 1,594 2,118 1,527 1,527 28
2011-W 793 912 1,193 786 786 25
2012-W 560 572 534 652 534 24
2013-W 1,770 1,167 1,227 1,136 1,136 27
2014-W 1,092 1,191 1,256 1,130 1,092 26
2015-W 2,023 1,745 1,870 2,043 1,745 26
2016-W 3,120 1,455 1,270 2,621 1,270 26
2017-W 1,620 7 588 590 7 26

Gold American Eagle MS70 NGC Populations (As of 24 Aug 2016)
Includes regular label and Early Release labels

Date 1 oz. ($50) 1/2 oz. ($25) 1/4 oz. ($10) 1/10 oz. ($5) Sets Set Rarity Ranking
1986 457 429 584 700 358 16
1987 229 39 98 236 27 10
1988 70 97 76 49 49 11
1989 35 57 101 144 8 1
1990 55 44 21 81 12 4
1991 59 82 194 294 22 8
1992 33 99 41 199 23 9
1993 67 184 83 213 52 13
1994 10 112 131 387 8 1
1995 58 81 33 184 16 5
1996 48 101 169 559 20 7
1997 106 102 22 769 11 3
1998 162 37 50 1,863 19 6
1999 225 61 258 1,801 48 12
2000 911 538 327 7,191 325 15
2001 298 420 456 3,377 295 14
2002 584 1,045 814 5,383 575 17
2003 1,969 1,789 2,639 3,594 1,787 24
2004 1,525 2,669 1,255 3,768 1,252 19
2005 2,165 3,747 2,218 8,038 2,164 25
2006 4,479 8,210 5,488 15,470 4,478 28
2007 2,569 7,564 4,207 9,697 2,565 26
2008 1,992 3,546 1,495 2,852 1,491 21
2009 10,424 4,539 5,133 22,692 4,543 29
2010 6,159 4,480 2,856 8,503 2,854 27
2011 2,272 4,357 1,391 3,555 1,388 20
2012 1,599 3,611 1,231 9,459 1,231 18
2013 2,867 2,997 1,652 8,577 1,649 23
2014 2,195 2,903 1,642 9,679 1,647 22
2015 2,965 2,667 3,571 9,274 1,647 22
2016 3,315 1,488 1,956 21,747 1,647 22