First released by the United States Mint in 1986, the American Gold Eagle gold coin, quickly has become a major source of gold investment. Though considered legal tender at a face value of 25, the American Gold Eagle gold coin’s market value is based on its actual gold content. The gold contained in the American Gold Eagle gold coin is sourced solely in the United States. One side of the American Gold Eagle gold coin depicts the national bird hovering with an olive branch above a nest already inhabited by a female American eagle and her hatchlings. The other side portrays Lady Liberty holding a torch in one hand and an olive branch in the other.