Jaime Hernandez: In 2008 the U.S. Mint offered three different versions of Gold Eagle coins. It offered the regular Mint State and Proof coins as it does mostly every year. However, in 2008 it also offered an Unburnished 2008-W Uncirculated Eagle for all four different denominations in the Gold Eagle series. Therefore, the Mint offered a $5, $10, $25 and $50 2008-W as well as the regular Proof and other Uncirculated non W mint mark Gold Eagles. Additionally, the Mint also offered several different 2008 Gold Buffalos. Giving collectors many different gold coins to choose from.
Due to the different gold coins being offered this year, mintages dropped for many of the gold coins including for the $5 2008-W Gold Eagles. Sales were very low for this issue that these coins have a very low mintage for the series.
Issue Date: April 01, 2012