PCGS SP/MS-70 FS Burnished Gold Eagles

The Burnished Gold American Eagle SP/MS-70 PCGS (First Strike) collection features low populations for a highly graded First Strike 1 oz Gold coin. The United States Mint’s Burnished Gold American Eagle coin series features the iconic Augustus Saint-Gaudens design of Lady Liberty used on $20 Gold pieces originally dated 1907-1933. The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has graded these coins as a perfect SP/MS-70 with the special First Strike designation, which adds to their increasing value over time. These Burnished Gold American Eagle coins are made especially for collectors and feature lower mintages than the regular bullion coins.

Investor Advantages:

  • Burnished coins are treated with a special minting process to give the coin a matte appearance.
  • While bullion coins have unlimited mintages, the 1 oz Burnished Gold Eagles have far more limited mintages. Just 5,829 were minted in 2012.
  • The Gold Eagle features one of the most popular designs in American coinage, adapted from Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ famed Gold Double Eagle design.

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2018 Gold American Eagle

Long-Term Value with Burnished Gold Eagle Coins

The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has encapsulated each coin in a plastic holder to protect and guarantee your investment. A Mint State-70 First Strike graded Gold coin such as this is shipped from the U.S. Mint within the first 30 days of release. Additionally, even under five-times magnification there are no perceptible flaws, which is why PCGS guarantees and certifies this coin as an SP/MS-70. Investing in these coins offers the most potential return on your investment in the future thanks to the small population of not only the perfect grade but also the First Strike designation.

If you appreciate the story behind every piece you own, you will enjoy knowing the background of American Gold Eagles. The United States Mint first produced these coins in 1986, one year after Congress passed the Gold Bullion Act of 1985, which ordered the mint to begin producing bullion coins. The act also set out strict standards for these coins. Since then, Gold American Eagles have been a staple of the U.S. Mint.

Whether you buy Gold because you are a passionate collector or simply because you recognize the investment value of this Precious Metal, you can surely appreciate PCGS MS-70 Burnished First Strike Gold Eagles. Like all coins in the Gold Eagle family, these pieces contain .9167 fine Gold. The additional alloys used provide strength and help the coins maintain their luster and good looks over time. The First Strike label means PCGS received these coins less than 30 days after they were minted. The perfect SP/MS-70 condition translates into added value for you as an investor or a collector. Late 2014, PCGS switched from using the MS designation to using the SP designation. The SP designation is given to coins with a special finish such as the Burnished Gold Eagles.

The image on the Gold Eagle obverse made its debut back in 1907. The obverse design depicts Lady Liberty set against the brilliant rays of a rising sun, her hair flowing gracefully in the breeze. The typical mintage of a Burnished Gold Eagle is roughly 10 times smaller than that of a bullion Gold eagle of the same size. Whether you are an investor or a collector, you will appreciate the value you receive when you purchase a Burnished Gold Eagle coin that has been certified by PCGS as Perfect-70 First Strike.


Premium Appreciation Over Time

This Premium Appreciation Over Time matrix gives you a better idea of how the PCGS MS-70 FS Platinum Eagles is trending with approximate value increases.* The percentage of change is an indicator of increased value over time.

All premiums are dollars over the spot price.


The additional cost of a coin or bullion item, over and above the spot or metal price of the Precious Metal contained in the coin. The premium includes the costs of fabrication, distribution and a minimal dealer fee. Rare coins carry an additional premium representing numismatic value, which is based on scarcity, quality, demand and intangible factors.

Coin Premium Appreciation

Over time (usually at least 3-5 years after release), the premium of a particular coin may increase due to limited availability or other factors such as demand and quality of the coin.

Introductory Premium

APMEX’s initial premium above the spot or melt price at the time of a coin’s release.

Current Premium

The premium or additional cost of a bullion coin above and beyond the metal value of the Precious Metal it contains.

Buy Back Premium

The premium above spot or metal price that APMEX is currently paying to buy back a given item. These premiums are subject to change based on market conditions, inventory position, and quantity to be bought back.


Refers to the number of coins struck by a mint per release of a particular coin. This will vary by mint, year, design and size.


The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin, grade, and label combinations.


The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin, grade, and label combinations.

Grading and Warranties

Our company uses the numerical Mint State (MS) grading system, which rates uncirculated coins from MS-60 to MS-70.

Typically, the higher the grade, the better the quality of the coin and in turn, the higher the value. The grade assigned to a coin reflects its strike, luster, marks, scratches and overall eye appeal. Grading is a subjective art and depends on the opinion of the person grading the coin or currency. Thus, grading can and does vary from numismatic coin firm to numismatic coin firm, from grading service to grading service, and from expert to expert. A difference of one grade (e.g., MS-64 to MS-65) can result in a significant change in the valuation of a numismatic coin or currency. Grades and descriptions of numismatic coins and currency are opinions, not statements of fact or guarantees, and are based on standards and interpretations in place at the time of grading.

When you acquire a coin or currency from APMEX that is independently graded by a third-party grading service such as Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), APMEX relies entirely on the expertise/determination of the grading service. In addition, we rely upon definitions provided by these independent grading services, including definitions of such terms as PCGS' "First Strike®" which refers to coins packaged and delivered by the U.S. Mint in the thirty (30)-day period following the initial sales date of a new product. We do not re-grade or independently evaluate the product's grade in its sealed holder. APMEX reserves the right to deliver independently graded coins that have been graded by an independent grading service of APMEX's choice such as PCGS or NGC. APMEX guarantees that the numismatic coins and Precious Metals it sells are genuine. APMEX expressly disclaims any other warranties with respect to coins or Precious Metals, express or implied, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. See our User Agreement for a full disclaimer of warranties.

Premium Appreciation

You should know that different market factors may influence the price of a specific Precious Metal or the associated premium. For example, the price of a numismatic coin may be affected by such factors as grade, scarcity and marketplace demand, while the price of a bullion coin is closely tied to the spot price for the metal content of the coin as well as year-specific mintages. Past performance and growth projections for one type of Precious Metal may not apply to other types of Precious Metals that APMEX may offer.

Holding Period

Our experience suggests coins of specific quality or scarcity that have demonstrated historical premium appreciation tend to do so at least 3 to 5 years after the coin was produced. Market conditions and other factors will always impact the future value for coins, and therefore premium appreciation should never be considered to be guaranteed.

Our Prices

Our prices are set internally based upon our analysis of a variety of factors and are not necessarily tied to the prices quoted by any other organization. Prices are subject to change based on market conditions.
  APMEX acts as a dealer and generally owns the Precious Metals it buys and sells.


All investments involve risk and Precious Metals are no exception. The Precious Metals market is speculative, unregulated and volatile, and prices for these items may rise or fall over time.

APMEX generally classifies coins as bullion, semi-numismatic and numismatic. Some coins may fall within more than one category, depending on their specific grade or condition. Other dealers and organizations may define these terms or classify these coins differently.

Precious Metals generally have a premium above their melt value. Premiums may increase or decrease based upon current market conditions such as supply and demand. Changes in premiums may affect a Precious Metal’s pricing beyond changes in spot prices.

Precious Metals can go down as well as up in value. These items may not be suitable for everyone. APMEX does not determine the suitability of any specific person to purchase Precious Metals. You should consult with your independent financial advisor regarding whether such an investment is right for you. You should not acquire any products from APMEX if you are not competent or qualified to make your own financial decisions. You should obtain a thorough understanding of the Precious Metals products before you acquire these products as a collector or investor.

The investment value of Precious Metals depends in large part on the price you pay. If you are acquiring any of APMEX's products as an investment, you should evaluate its current market value, potential for appreciation and liquidity, and consult independent sources regarding these factors. APMEX does not guarantee that any client will be able to sell Precious Metals at the original purchase price or a higher price in the future.

APMEX is not responsible for any changes in tax laws or other statutes which may affect any profit or salability of your coins or currency.


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What People Are Saying

I bought this coin for investment purposes. It is a beautiful coin, beautifully packaged and now that it has sold out at the US Mint, its value has increased and will continue to increase. My deliveries are always timely from APMEX. Thanks for the great service!
Rose from Illinois
The U.S. Mint 2014-W 1 oz. Burnished Gold Eagle has a mintage of 7,902. It is a good coin to have in a collection.
Buffalo Bill from USA

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