In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt suspended all United States gold coin production. More than fifty years later, President Ronald Reagan authorized the United States Mint to once again begin producing genuine non-commemorative legal tender gold coins and the Gold American Eagle program was born. Since 1986, the United States Mint is required by law to produce Gold American Eagles in quantities sufficient to meet public demand. Over the history of this program, the $50 one-ounce Gold American Eagle and the $5 one-tenth ounce Gold American Eagle are typically produced in the highest quantities. The $25 half-ounce Gold Eagle, on the otherhand, is typically the lowest produced every year.

The $25 Gold American Eagle is the very first $25 gold coin ever minted in the United States. Because of their typically low mintage, it is often considered the “key” coin for any Gold American Eagle set. With a track record of low mintages, the $25 Gold American Eagle often sees price increases that are greater than any other denomination in the Gold American Eagle Family. The American Eagle Reserve’s team of experts, along with many other prominent coin experts in the United States, have observed that over the twenty-eight year history of the Gold American Eagle program, the price increase of $25 Gold American Eagles, with mintages less than 55,000 coins, can be nearly twice that of $25 Gold American Eagles with mintages over this 55,000 coin benchmark.

Currently there are nine $25 Gold American Eagles with mintage figures less than 55,000 coins. These are considered the “KeyDate” $25 Gold American Eagles.

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