2021-W American Eagle NGC Special Labels (Image Courtesy of NGC)

The following is a Press Release from Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) announcing they will be offering NGC special labels for the upcoming 2021-W American Eagle gold proof coins. These coins are set for release on July 29, 2021 by the United States Mint.

NGC Special labels are a practice the grading company has had for many years, offering customers Early Release and First Release labeling options for their Eagles submitted for grading.

The 2021-W Proof Gold Eagles, with enhanced obverse and new reverse designs, are being released soon, and NGC is offering special labels, designations and a corresponding attribution. Special submission instructions must be followed. See the “Submission Instructions” section of this article.

The next American Eagle releases that celebrate  the beloved series’ 35th anniversary are the 2021-W Proof Gold Eagles, featuring an enhanced obverse and new reverse design. On July 29, 2021, the $5, $10, $25 and $50 Proof Gold Eagles, struck at the West Point Mint, will go on sale individually and as a four-coin set. With limited mintages, American Gold Eagle collectors are waiting with great anticipation to claim their coins.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is celebrating the first flight of the new Gold Eagles with a special attribution — Eagle Portrait T-2 — and a variety of special labels, including the NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Label (for no additional fee), the West Point Mint Gold Star Label and the popular NGC Early Releases and First Releases Labels. The NGC Early Releases and First Releases designations are also available.

2021-W American Eagle NGC Special Labels (Image Courtesy of NGC)
2021-W American Eagle NGC Special Labels (Image Courtesy of NGC)

The obverse of the 2021-W Gold Eagles has received numerous enhancements with the goal of more closely reflecting Augustus 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.

The new reverse design features a majestic portrait of an eagle in amazing detail. It was created by artist Jennie Norris, who signs certification labels exclusively for NGC. (The NGC Jennie Norris Signature Label is available for NGC-certified 2021 T-2 Gold Eagles through select retailers.) Another updated feature is a distinct variation to the coin’s reeded edge to bolster anti-counterfeiting measures.

NGC is the industry leader in the certification of American Eagles, with more than 1.6 million Gold Eagles graded since 1987. With the release of the new American Eagles, NGC looks forward to introducing 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.

Submission Instructions for the 2021-W Proof Gold Eagles (Eagle Portrait T-2)

  • 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 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:

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

Label optionsFeeDirections

NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Special Label #1550
FreeBy 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
+$5Request 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
FreeBy Request. Enter Standard Brown Label #377 on your submission form.

NGC Eagle 35th Anniversary Mountain Label #1548
FreeBy 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).

NGC Collectors Society paid members can submit their coins directly to NGC. Not an NGC Collectors Society member? Paid memberships start at just $25/year. Join today.

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.

By Clinton

Clinton is the owner and editor of US Coin News. He has been an avid coin collector, primarily of United States coinage, since 1986 after learning about it from his grandfather. Clinton's collection is now over 3,000 coins. Clinton lives in Colorado where he skis in the winter and hikes in the summer when he is not working on his coin collection.

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