Once again, the United States Mint altered the details of the popular annual collectible American Gold Eagle offerings. The 1998 Proof Gold Eagle coins saw a decrease in the price levels for each product, as well as the maximum mintages.
The coins were scheduled to go on sale March 27, 1998. In the months leading up to the release, the market price of gold had experienced a decline from around $330 per ounce to a low around $280. The United States Mint used this opportunity to roll back pricing to the levels last seen for the 1995 Proof Gold Eagle.
Director of the United States Mint Philip N. Diehl touted the price adjustment in a press release, stating, "We looked at the substantial fall in gold prices in recent months and concluded that we needed to share these lower costs with our customers."
The price of the individual coins were reduced by $19 (one ounce), $14 (one half ounce), $9 (one quarter ounce), and $5 (one tenth ounce). The price of the four coin set containing each version of the 1998 Proof Gold Eagles was reduced by $26.
Meanwhile, the maximum mintage levels were adjusted once again. Despite a reduction in the previous year, final sales still remained below the maximum levels that had been established. The second reduction also failed to inspire additional sales. In fact, overall mintages for the one ounce, one-half ounce, and one-tenth ounce proof coins reached their lowest levels for the series to date.
1998 Proof Gold Eagle Prices, Limits, and Sales
|Product||Initial Price||Product Limit||Mintage Limit||Final Sales|
|4 Coin Set||$999.00||25,000||N/A||19,568|
1998 Proof Gold Eagles For Sale
1998-W $10 Proof Gold Eagle 1/4 oz PCGS PR69
Time Remaining: 25d 10h 48m
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1998-W NGC PF70 UCAM $50 PROOF GOLD EAGLE 1 Ounce PR Ultra Cameo West Point
Time Remaining: 25d 6h 13m
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1998-W $5 Proof Gold Eagle 1/10 oz U.S. Mint Director Signature Series PCGS PR70
Time Remaining: 25d 10h 48m
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1998-W $10 GOLD EAGLE PROOF 1/4 Oz. PCGS PR70 DCAM MOY SINGED RARE
Time Remaining: 12d 18h 10m
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1998-W $5 Proof Gold Eagle 1/10 oz PCGS PR69
Time Remaining: 25d 10h 13m
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Certified Proof American Gold Eagle $10 1998-W PR70 PCGS
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 47m
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1998-W Eagle, PROOF, PCGS PR 69, US, 5 Dollars, 1/10 Ounce, Fine Gold Coin
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 51m
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1998-W $10 Proof Gold Eagle 1/4 oz U.S. Mint Director Signature Series PCGS PR70
Time Remaining: 26d 10h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $524.99
1998-W NGC PF70 UCAM $5 PROOF GOLD EAGLE 1/10 Ounce PR Ultra Cameo West Point
Time Remaining: 3d 9h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $419.00