2011-W $50 Gold Eagle May Have The Lowest Mintage

Posted on January 19, 2012 by

On Tuesday January 17, 2012, the Mint sold out all 2011-W $50 Uncirculated Gold Eagles. Based off the latest Mint sales figures, the Mint had last sold a total of  8,810 coins.

If the sales figures hold true, this would make it the lowest mintage Gold Eagle in the entire series.  

The Mint currently produces three different versions of Gold Eagles. It offers a Bullion Uncirculated coin without a mint mark. Then it produces a Proof version with a “W” mint mark. Finally, since 2006 it began producing a Collector Uncirculated version with a “W” mint mark (with the exception of not being produced in 2009 and 2010).

The 2011-W $50 Uncirculated Gold Eagle first went on sale on May 05, 2011 at an issue price of $1778. if purchased directly from the U.S. Mint.

More than likely, that price was a steal since the coins may very well end up as having the lowest mintage in the entire Gold Eagle series.

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Comments (3)


  1. Simon Behar says:

    Do all 2011 W Uncirculated $50 AE get the 25th Anniversary label when submitted for grading? I have seen several NGC coins without the disignation, just 2011 W MS70 and then others with the 25th Anniv. designation. Shouldn’t all of these be 25th Anniversary since the other two $50 AE’s was a proof and a 2011 uncirculated coin without the W mint mark?

  2. Hi Simon,

    Yes you are correct, they should all be 25th Anniversary and we only label them with th 25th Anniversary here at PCGS.

    Hope this helps.


  3. John Crosby says:

    I purchased seven of these coins from the mint and all of them have what appears to be a finger print on the reverse of the coin above the eagle. I do not think that is an actual finger print but it looks like one. Do you know what this is? I also read of someone submitting this same coin with a similar mark on it and the coin came back graded with the mark removed. Does pcgs ever remove anything on the surface of a coin that it grades?

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