NGC Special Labels and Designations for the 2021-W Burnished Gold Eagles
Posted on 10/4/2021
The excitement surrounding the 35th anniversary of the American Eagle program continues with the release of the 2021-W Uncirculated Gold Eagle by the US Mint on October 7, 2021. Commonly referred to as the Burnished Gold Eagle, this issue has a limited mintage of only 9,100 coins.
Numismatic Guaranty Company™ (NGC®) is certifying these 2021-W Burnished Gold Eagles with a special attribution — Eagle Portrait T-2 — and offering a variety of special labels, including the NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label for no additional fee, the ever-popular NGC Early Releases and First Releases labels and more.
| 2021-W Burnished Gold Eagle (Eagle Portrait T-2) with the NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label and an Early Releases designation.
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Burnished American Gold Eagles were first minted in 2006 as collector versions of the US Mint’s Bullion Gold Eagles. These burnished coins depict the same design as the bullion coins — Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Liberty on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse.
Through the use of modern technology, the coin now features an obverse that more closely resembles Saint-Gaudens’ original depiction of Liberty. For example, the Capitol Building, the shape of the rays, the stars, the olive branch and the torch have all been restored based on the original cast.
On the reverse, the depiction of the national bird has changed from an image of two American bald eagles tending their nest to a finely detailed eagle’s head, which was designed by Jennie Norris, who signs certification labels exclusively for NGC. The NGC Jennie Norris Signature Label is available from select retailers. Another updated feature is a distinct variation to the coin’s reeded edge as an additional anti-counterfeiting measure.
NGC is the industry leader in the certification of American Eagle coins, with more than 14 million graded since 1987. With the release of the new American Eagles, NGC is proud to feature even more ways to enhance these iconic coins. To learn more about NGC’s certification options for all of the 2021 American Eagles, click here.
- Submit 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 these coins:
|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.|
|(No Releases designation)||By default|
The following labels are available for these coins:
|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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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.
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