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 GOLD EAGLE 1/10 Oz. NGC PF70 PR70 PF-70 Ultra CAMEO
Time Remaining: 12h 26m
PCGS PR69DCAM 1996-W $5 Gold American Eagle 1/10 Ounce Gold
Time Remaining: 4d 24m
Buy It Now for only: $199.95
1996-W Gold American Eagle $10 PCGS PR70DCAM PERFECT
Time Remaining: 15d 16h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $589.00
1996-W $50 Eagle PCGS PR70DCAM Perfect Deep Cameo American Gold Proof
Time Remaining: 27d 10h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $1,939.76
1996-W $25 GOLD EAGLE 1/2 Oz. NGC PF70 PROOF COIN PR70 PF-70 !!
Time Remaining: 28d 14h 40m
Buy It Now for only: $999.00
1996-W PCGS PR70DCAM $25 Gold American Eagle Deep Cameo 1/2 Ounce Gold!!
Time Remaining: 2d 5h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $1,269.99
1996-W PCGS PR70 DCAM $50 GOLD American EAGLE 1 Ounce gold PF West Point Mint!
Time Remaining: 28d 7h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $2,010.00
1996 W $10 PR70 DCAM GOLD EAGLE 1/4 oz. AGE PCGS PF PR 70 UCAM COIN
Time Remaining: 27d 11h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $899.99
1996-W PCGS PR69DCAM $5 Gold Eagle 1/10 Ounce
Time Remaining: 10d 20h 3m
Buy It Now for only: $274.95