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: 4h 57m
1996 W Gold American Eagle Modern Bullion $10 PCGS PR 70 DCAM
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $580.00
1996 W $10 PR70 DCAM GOLD EAGLE 1/4 oz. AGE PCGS PF PR 70 UCAM COIN
Time Remaining: 29d 3h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $899.99
1996-W Gold American Eagle $10 PCGS PR70DCAM PERFECT
Time Remaining: 17d 15h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $589.00
1996 W $10 (1/4 oz) Proof Gold Eagle NGC PF70 PR 70 Ultra Cameo
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $652.00
1996-W $5 GOLD EAGLE 1/10 Oz. PCGS PF70 PROOF COIN PR70 PERFECT
Time Remaining: 28d 23h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $899.00
Lot of Four (4) 1996 W $5-$50 Gold American Eagle Modern Bullion PCGS PR 70 DCAM
Time Remaining: 10h 50m
1996 W $5 (1/10 oz) Proof Gold Eagle NGC PR70 PF 70 Ultra Cameo
Time Remaining: 25d 5h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $357.00
1996-W $25 (1/2 oz) Proof Gold Eagle PCGS PR70 PF 70 DCam
Time Remaining: 21d 1h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $1,175.00