NGC Special Labels and Designations Available for the 2021-W Proof Gold Eagles

Posted on 3/8/2021

The coins are expected to be the last Proof American Gold Eagles to feature the original family of eagles reverse. Special submission instructions must be followed. See the “Submission Instructions” section of this article.

On March 11, 2021, the US Mint is releasing the eagerly awaited 2021-W Family of Eagles Proof Gold Eagles: a $5 tenth-ounce coin, a $10 quarter-ounce coin, a $25 half-ounce coin and a $50 one-ounce coin, all struck at the West Point Mint. The coins have limited mintages and will be offered individually and as a four-coin set. After 35 years, these are expected to be the last Proof American Gold Eagles that will feature the Family of Eagles design on their reverse.

In honor of the milestone anniversary, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) will encapsulate these coins with the NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Label for no additional fee. Other popular labels are also available, including the NGC West Point Mint Gold Star Label and the NGC Early Releases and Firsts Releases designations and labels. The coins will receive the “Family of Eagles T-1” designation to indicate the original reverse design.

2021-W Proof $50 Gold Eagle with the NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label and a 2021-W Proof $25 Gold Eagle with the NGC West Point Mint Gold Star Label
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Launched in 1986 with both gold and silver issues, the popular American Eagle series remains the flagship bullion coins of the United States. The gold coins’ obverse features a version of Lady Liberty facing forward with a torch and olive branch that pays tribute to the iconic Double Eagle design by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

On the reverse, an eagle is shown flying with an olive branch in its talons toward its family, nestled together on a branch. Starting later this year, Gold Eagles will feature a new reverse design, making this a historic moment in numismatics.

NGC is the definitive leader in American Eagle certification, with more than 1.6 million Gold Eagles and more than 11 million Silver Eagles graded — far exceeding any other third-party grading service. Learn more about NGC's certification options for all the 2021 American Eagles here.

Special Instructions:

  • The 2021-W Proof Gold Eagles do not have to be submitted as an entire set; however, all coins submitted must be graded.
  • Submit the 2020-W Proof Gold Eagle coins under the Modern grading tier or higher.
  • Coins do not need to be submitted in the US Mint packaging.

The following designations are available for this coin:

Designation options Fee Directions
Early Releases +$12 On the US submission form, select Early Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
First Releases +$12 On the US submission form, select First Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.

The following labels are available for this coin:

Label options Fee Directions

NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label #1550
Free By default. (Early Releases and First Releases designations are available on this label for an additional $12 fee, if applicable.)

West Point Mint Gold Star #1238
+$5 Request West Point Mint Gold Star #1238 on your submission form. (Early Releases and First Releases designations are available on this label for an additional $12 fee, if applicable.)

Early Releases #378
Included with fee for Early Releases designation (+$12) Select Early Releases and enter Early Releases #378 on your submission form. Otherwise, NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label #1550 will be used.

First Releases #379
Included with fee for First Releases designation (+$12) Select First Releases and enter First Releases #379 on your submission form. Otherwise, NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label #1550 will be used.

NGC Standard Brown #377
Free By Request. Enter Standard Brown Label #377 on your submission form.

NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Mountain Label #1548
Free By Request for bulk submissions only. Enter Eagle 35th Anniversary Mountain Label #1548 on your submission form.

Questions? Contact NGC Customer Service at service@NGCcoin.com or 1-800-NGC-COIN (1-800-642-2646).

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Bulk submissions

NGC’s First Day of Issue designation and labels are available for select bulk submissions only. To qualify for First Day of Issue, coins must be purchased within one day of the first day that a mint makes a new coin issue available for sale and must be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within one week of the release date. NGC will require that the submitter provide adequate evidence (including purchase receipts) to demonstrate the date when the coins were purchased.

For bulk submissions, contact Scott Heller at Sheller@NGCcoin.com or 941-360-3990 or Miles Standish at Miles@NGCcoin.com or 949-922-0515.

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