Grounding WWII History in Gold and Silver Coins

The US Mint loves to honor the history of the world through commemorative coins. Two examples include the Olympic coinage and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day coins. This year in 2020, we reached a milestone. It is the 75th Anniversary since the end of WWII. The US Mint already released the Battle of Iwo Jima coins, and now they continue to honor this anniversary year with the special privy-marked Proof Gold and Silver WWII Anniversary American Eagle coins. The gold and silver American Eagles have never had a privy mark before. These coins are even rarer because they have the lowest mintage of any American Eagle coin in history.

The Rarest Gold American Eagle Coin So Far

These WWII Anniversary American Eagle coins will be the first gold and silver American Eagle coins to ever receive a privy mark. However, the US Mint hasn’t yet released information on the mintage for the Proof Silver American Eagles version as of this writing. But, the gold American Eagles are particularly special because they have the lowest mintage of any American Eagle coin in US history. This includes every Eagle coin in proof, enhanced proof, reverse proof, burnished, bullion strike. Also, this is the lowest mintage for any US Mint coin in all metals from gold and silver to platinum and palladium. 

Mintage Makes a Difference

The minuscule mintage of these WWII Aniversary American Eagle coins falls even below that of the 2008 W ½ oz Burnished Platinum Eagle. Until now, that Platinum Eagle had the lowest mintage for the U.S. Mint’s American Eagle coin series. This 2008 Platinum Eagle had a mintage of just 2,253. However, investors tend to prefer the gold coins over the Platinum American Eagles. This means that not only will this coin have the lowest mintage in the Eagle series—it will be part of the gold series. This has a higher built-in demand compared to the Platinum or Palladium series. 

So, in terms of gold coins, the lowest mintage of the 1 oz denomination series is the 1 oz Proof Gold Eagle from 2012 (only 23,630). But, the previous lowest mintage for any denomination of the Proof Gold Eagles is the 2013 ½ oz with 12,570. The new WWII Aniversary American Eagle coins in gold will be much rarer than that with a mintage of only 1,945, the year this coin commemorates. 

These WWII Anniversary American Eagle coins have a higher built-in demand simply because they are struck from gold. This is on top of their low mintage, and they are the first-ever privy marked Silver and Gold American Eagles. Because of these factors, these just might be the most in-demand, collectible American Eagles ever. If you are interested in investing, you should act quickly and purchase an authenticated, graded version before retailers run out!

What is the Significance of the WWII Aniversary American Eagle coins Privy Mark?

The American Eagles in gold and silver began in 1986. These gold and silver coins never had an engraved privy mark—until now. Some American Eagles bear a mintmark to identify the facility that struck them, but a mintmark is not a privy mark. Privy marks tend to be a symbolic picture and not simply a letter, like a mintmark. Furthermore, the US Mint defines a privy mark as “…a symbol that communicates information about a coin’s production.” This privy mark, especially, is incredibly rare.

This privy mark appears as “V75” on the obverse of these WWII Anniversary American Eagle coins. The “V” stands for ‘victory.’ The 75 honors the special 75th Anniversary triumph of the Allied powers. 

If you look carefully at the privy mark, you might notice the shape of the cartouche resembles the border of the Rainbow Pool. The Rainbow Pool is stationed in the West Potomac Park in Washington, DC. Additionally, this memorial is intricately designed to represent the war victory on the Eastern and Western fronts

You can find this privy mark on the US Mint’s most prominent coins: the gold and silver American Eagles. But, you might also find the privy mark on a coin in your wallet! This special privy mark also appears on the 2020 West Point (W) America the Beautiful quarters released for general circulation. This literally puts history into the hands and pockets of Americans, and it is a beautiful way to honor the end of a tragic war. You can further honor this historical moment by being one of the select few to have a Gold WWII Anniversary American Eagle coin.

WWII Anniversary American Eagle coins

The West Point Mint produced the Proof Silver and Gold V75 WWII Anniversary American Eagle coins. The Gold American Eagles carry a weight 1 troy oz and a purity of .9167gold

2020-W V75 Privy 1 oz Proof Gold American Eagle End of WWII 75th Anniv (w/Box & COA)

Coin Specifications: 

  • Special Edition V75 Anniversary Privy Mark
  • Limited mintage of only 1,945
  • Made from .9167 pure gold.
  • Contains 1 ozt of pure gold.
  • Produced by the US Mint at the West Point facility
  • Proof finish
  • Individual coins come in cap with presentation box and COA
  • Denomination of $50 USD.
  • Eligible for IRA.
  • US legal tender.
  • Obverse: Lady Liberty with a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left hand. She strides forward with the capitol building in the background. Inscriptions: “LIBERTY”, “2020”, the “W” mintmark and V75 privy mark.
  • Reverse: A bald eagle holds an olive branch as it lands in the nest where another eagle and their hatchlings dwell. Inscriptions: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “IN GOD WE TRUST”, “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, and the weight and purity of the coin.

The Silver V75 WWII American Eagle coins have a fineness of .999 silver and weigh 1 troy ounce. Although the West Point Mint is responsible for manufacturing these WWII Anniversary American Eagle coins, it is possible the production was delayed from the temporary closure in March. Nevertheless, the 2020-W V75 Privy 1 oz Proof Silver American Eagle End of WWII 75th Anniv are now available from Bullion Exchanges!

2020-W V75 Privy 1 oz Proof Silver American Eagle End of WWII 75th Anniv (w/Box & COA) Bullion Exchanges

Coin Specifications:

  • Special V75 Anniversary Privy Mark
  • Limited mintage of only 75,000
  • Made from .999 fine silver with a weight of 1 ounce
  • Proof Finish
  • Individual coins come in cap with mint issued box and Certificate of Authenticity
  • Eligible for Precious Metals IRA
  • Legal tender issued and guaranteed by the U.S. Government
  • Obverse: Features a full-length image of Lady Liberty walking with an outstretched hand towards the rising sun. Her gown and the draped flag ripple around her. She is holding olive and oak branches in her other hand. Inscriptions: “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” “2020”, West Point mintmark, and the V75 privy mark.
  • Reverse: Displays the US National Coat of Arms. Here, a bald eagle clutches an olive branch in its right talons and arrows in its left. 13 small stars fly above the eagle, representing the original colonies. The eagle has a shield bearing the flag on its chest. An updated design by John Mercanti.


Bullion Exchanges is a top-rated, trusted, and accredited retailer in Manhattan. We are delighted to carry wonderful products from the US Mint. Our inventory ranges from Silver and Gold American Eagles to special commemorative coinage. When you purchase from Bullion Exchanges, we will securely package and deliver your order to your address. We are still working hard for our valued customers, and we handle products with the highest care. If you have any questions, please contact us. We will be happy to assist you.

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