American gold coins list

List of all US gold coins, collectible American gold coins, US gold bullion, gold commemorative coins in the USA. American numismatic gold coins available in the coin market today are the remaining specimens of the historic US gold coinage.

In 1933, during the Great Depression, all gold coins were removed from circulation. Just like other rare gold coins, the value of the US gold coins are based on the year it was minted, its rarity, and its numismatic grade.

US gold coin inventory

Regular issue American gold coins

These US gold coins were minted from 1849 to 1933.

$1 gold coins

The one dollar gold piece is the smallest denomination of the American gold coinage.

•    $1 Liberty Head Type I (1849-1854)
•    $1 Indian Head Type II (1854-1856)
•    $1 Indian Head Type III (1856-1889)


A two fifty dollar gold coin Capped Head type


$2.50 Quarter Eagles

These 2.50 dollar gold coins were minted in several types. Their face values are inscribed as “2 ½”, or the quarter fraction of the Eagles or $10 gold US coins.

•    Capped Bust to Right Quarter Eagle (1796-1807)
•    Capped Bust to Left Quarter Eagle (1808)
•    Capped Head to Left Quarter Eagle (1821-1834)
•    Classic Head Quarter Eagle (1834-1839)
•    Liberty Head Quarter Eagle (1840-1907)
•    Indian Head Quarter Eagle (1908-1929)


3 dollar gold coin had the image of an Indian princess with a head dress


$3 Gold coin

The three dollar gold coins had similar Indian Head design as the one 1 dollar gold coins.

•    Indian Princess (1854-1889)

$4 Gold coin

The Stella gold coin or the four dollar gold piece had two designs simultaneously minted.

•    Flowing Hair (1879)
•    Coiled Hair (1879)
•    Flowing Hair (1880)
•    Coiled Hair (1880)


The Indian Head 5 dollar gold coin is one of the many design types of the Half Eagles


$5 Half Eagles gold coin

The 5 dollar gold coin had the most design types among the American gold coins.

•    Capped Bust to Right Small Eagle Half Eagle (1795-1798)
•    Capped Bust to Right Large Eagle Half Eagle (1795-1807)
•    Capped Bust to Left Half Eagle (1807-1812)
•    Capped Head to Left Large Size Half Eagle (1813-1829)
•    Capped Head to Left Small Size Half Eagle (1829-1834)
•    Classic Head Half Eagle (1834-1838)
•    Liberty Half Eagle (1839-1908)
•    Indian Head Half Eagle (1908-1929)


The 1907 ten dollar gold coin was designed by Saint-Gaudens


$10 Eagles gold coin

The different designs of the10 dollar gold coin included the Indian Head design by Augustus St. Gaudens, the same person who created the 1907 Double Eagles gold coin.

•    Capped Bust Small Eagle (1795-1797)
•    Capped Bust Large Eagle (1797-1804)
•    Liberty Head Eagle (1838-1907)
•    Indian Head Eagle (1907-1933)


The $20 Saint Gaudens coin, also called the Double Eagle gold coin, is one of the greatest coins ever produced by the US Mint.


$20 Double Eagles coin

Earlier design types of the 20 dollar gold coin had a face value inscribed as “Twenty d.” When the 1907 Saint-Gaudens double eagle gold coin was introduced, the inscription was changed to “Twenty dollars”. The twenty dollar gold coins have long been considered the most-loved American rare coin.

•    Liberty Double Eagle (1849-1907)
•    Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle (1907-1933)


The one dollar Louisiana Exposition commemorative gold coin with a McKinley obverse.


US commemorative gold coins

There are also American gold commemorative coins minted between 1903 and 1926. All the US commemorative gold coins were minted to highlight special events.

$1 Louisiana Purchase Exposition gold coin (1903 to1904)

The 1 dollar Louisiana Exposition gold commemorative coin had two obverse designs.

•    McKinley bust (1903)
•    Jefferson bust (1903)


The Lewis and Clark commemorative gold dollar featured the explorers on both sides of the coin


$1 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition gold coin (1904 to 1905)

Each side of the Lewis and Clark commemorative gold coin had heads: one side featured William Clark, the other side Meriwether Lewis.

$1 Panama Pacific Exposition gold dollar (1915)

The Panama Pacific gold dollar was minted together with other denominations of the Panama Exposition commemorative gold coin series.


The reverse of the Panama Pacific quarter eagle commemorative coin.


$2.50 Panama Pacific gold coin (1915)

The Panama Pacific quarter eagles gold coins depicted Columbia, the female representation of America, perched at the back of a mythical seahorse.

$50 Panama Pacific gold coin

•    Round (1915)
•    Octagonal (1915)


The obverse of the 1 dollar McKinley commemorative gold coin.


$1 McKinley memorial gold coins (1916 to 1917)

President McKinley was memorialized in another commemorative gold coin, the McKinley memorial gold dollar coins.

$1 Ulysses S. Grant gold dollars (1922)

The Ulysses Grant commemorative gold dollar came in two issues

•    With star on obverse
•    Without star on obverse


The 2.50 dollar gold Sesquicentennial gold coins were made for USA’s 150th anniversary.


$ 2.50 United States Sesquicentennial gold coins (1926)

The sesquicentennial quarter eagle gold coins were made in honor of the 150th founding anniversary of the United States of America.

American gold bullion coins

Even if the US gold bullion coins have face values, their real values are based on the spot price of gold.

American Eagles gold coin

The 22-karat American gold eagle bullion coin has a face value of 50 dollars. Its obverse is copied from the 1907 double eagles designed by Augustus Saint Gaudens.


American buffalo gold coins are one of the United States gold bullion for investment.


American Gold Buffalo

The obverse and reverse designs of the 24-karat Buffalo gold coin were copied after the 1913 Buffalo 5-cent nickels.

First spouse gold coins

The 24-karat First spouse gold coins were first released in 2007. First spouse gold bullion coins have a face value of $10. They featured former First Ladies on the obverse.

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