Following the excitement created by the release of a special set in the previous year, the United States Mint returned to the standard offerings for the 1996 Proof Gold Eagle. Without any additional incentive to purchase the coins, sales levels experienced a decline.
The Proof Gold Eagle carried the same design that had been in use since the start of the series. The obverse featured the classic design from the Saint Gaudens Double Eagle, which depicted a full figure of Liberty in flowing gown. She holds a lit torch and olive branch, with the rays of the rising sun and the Capitol building in the background. Stars were added to the periphery to reflect the current number of states. The reverse featured a depiction of a family of eagles created by Miley Busiek, flanked by the required inscriptions.
Coins were struck in four different bullion weights, including one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce. The United States Mint offered the coins to collectors individually or within a complete four coin set. There were limits established for each of the individual options.
Pricing for the 1996 Proof Gold Eagles saw a slight increase from the levels of the previous year as the price of gold briefly moved above $400 per ounce. As mentioned, sales were somewhat lackluster when compared to the previous year. The US Mint would seek to make adjustments to the program to inspire greater collector interest.
1996 Proof Gold Eagle Prices, Limits, and Sales
|Product||Initial Price||Product Limit||Mintage Limit||Final Sales|
|4 Coin Set||$1,025.00||N/A||N/A||26,329|
1996 Proof Gold Eagles For Sale
1996-W $5 Proof American Gold Eagle 1/10 oz. PCGS PR-70DCAM Rare Year!
Time Remaining: 6h 57m
1996-W Gold American Eagle $10 PCGS PR70DCAM PERFECT
Time Remaining: 23d 19h 53m
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1996-W ( 1996 ) 4-COINS GOLD EAGLE SET $50 $25 $10 $5 PCGS PR70 PROOF PF70 PR-70
Time Remaining: 29d 3h 56m
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1996-W PCGS PR69DCAM $5 Gold Eagle 1/10 Ounce
Time Remaining: 18d 23h 39m
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1996-W PCGS PR70DCAM $25 Gold American Eagle Deep Cameo 1/2 Ounce Gold!!
Time Remaining: 8d 11h 16m
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1996 W $25 (1/2 oz) Proof Gold Eagle NGC PF70 PR70
Time Remaining: 25d 3h 17m
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1996-W $5 PROOF GOLD EAGLE 1/10 Oz. NGC PF70 PR70 PF-70 Ultra CAMEO
Time Remaining: 5d 7h 35m
1996-W $5 GOLD EAGLE 1/10 Oz. G$5 NGC PF70 PF-70 PROOF PR70 ULTRA CAMEO
Time Remaining: 10d 21h 52m
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1996-W 4-coin proof gold American eagle set ngc pr70 pf70 ($50, $25, $10, $5)
Time Remaining: 1d 9h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $5,049.00