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Do you want to know what a 25 dollar proof gold bullion US Mint coin is? You will need to understand what a proof coins is and what a bullion coin is.

Proof Coins

25 Dollar Proof Gold Bullion US Mint Coin

Proof coins are made to be sold to investors and not to be circulated. They are made using a special minting process, so they do not look like regular coins. Proof coins are struck twice times or even more. This forces the metal into all the crevices, making the detail of the image very fine.

The die, which is the engraved stamp, which makes the impression of the coin, is specially treated and polished. The coin blanks are burnished and then put into the press by hand. The coin’s image will be slightly frosted and seem to float above the background, which is shiny like a mirror. So there is a nice contrast between the frosted image and the mirror-like background. This is called “cameo” and is noted on coin descriptions as CAM. If the description says DCAM, which means Deep Cameo, which indicates the image is strong and easy to see.

Bullion Coins

You now have the first piece of the puzzle you need to decipher the meaning of coins. Now we will look at bullion coins. Bullion coins are made for investors and are an easy way to add some gold, silver, or platinum to their portfolio. The coins are valued by their weight in a certain precious metal.

The Gold Coin Bullion Act of 1985, provided for the production of gold coins in $5, $10, $25 and $50 denominations. It stipulated the gold used in the coins come from "newly mined domestic sources."

25 Dollar Proof Gold Bullion US Mint Coin

1986 saw the release of the first American Eagle Gold and Platinum Bullion Coins. These are available in four weights: one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce. Silver and copper are added to make the coin more durable.

The design of these coins is especially beautiful. The front of the coin was inspired by Augustus Saint-Gaudens' design of the Double Eagle gold coin, produced from 1907-1933. It is a full-length image of Lady Liberty, with her long hair blowing in the wind. She holds a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. Inscribed are the word “liberty” and the date. The date had Roman numerals on coins minted between 1986 and 1991. After that, the date had Arabic numerals.

The backside of the coin was designed by Miley Busiek and has an image of a male eagle with an olive branch in his talons. He is flying above a nest that has a female eagle and her baby eagles. Inscribed are the phrases: In God We Trust, E Pluribus Unum, and United States of America. It also has the weight and the denomination of the coin.

After the proof coins are struck, they are inspected by people wearing gloves to protect the coin. After inspection, the coins are sealed in a plastic capsule and placed in a velvet case with satin lining. Each coin has a Certificate of Authenticity and the United States government guarantees its weight and composition. You can purchase 25 dollar proof gold bullion US Mint coins and other coins of the US money system directly from the United States Mint.

Value of American Eagle Gold Coins

You may be wondering about the value of 25 dollar proof gold bullion US Mint coins. Their value is the current market value of their gold. In July 2010, the value of the $5, $10, $25, and $50 gold bullion coins was estimated to be around $145, $325, $650, and $1,250 respectively.

The United States Mint also produced proofs of these American Eagle gold coins to sell to coin collectors. Those are struck at the West Point Mint in West Point, New York, so they have a “W” mint mark below the date.