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Golden Eagle Coins Tip: American Eagle coins have a unique distribution system from the US Mint. The US Mint sells the proof version directly to the general public, but does not do so with the uncirculated version. With the uncirculated version of the American Eagle coins, the coin dealers must submit to an application process which only allows a select number to qualify for a direct purchase from the US Mint. Coin dealers who qualify must purchase the American Eagle coins at the spot price of the metal plus a small fee. Therefore, many of the uncirculated American Eagles pass through the hands of a few dealers before becoming available to coin collectors.