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 $50 Proof Gold Eagle 1 oz PCGS PR69
Time Remaining: 22d 11h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $1,699.99
1996-W $5 Proof Gold Eagle 1/10 oz PCGS PR69
Time Remaining: 19d 3h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $199.99
1996-W $5 GOLD EAGLE 1/10 Oz. G$5 NGC PF70 PF-70 PROOF PR70 ULTRA CAMEO
Time Remaining: 7h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $550.00
1996-W $50 GOLD EAGLE PCGS PR70 DCAM REGISTRY COIN
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 23m
1996-W PCGS PR70 DCAM $25 PROOF GOLD EAGLE 1/2 Ounce Gold PF West Point
Time Remaining: 20d 4h 8m
Buy It Now for only: $937.10
1996-W NGC PF70 UCAM $5 PROOF GOLD EAGLE 1/10 Ounce PR Ultra Cameo West Point
Time Remaining: 25d 7h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $339.00
1996 W GOLD EAGLE COIN SET $50 $25 $10 $5 PCGS PR70 Saint Gaudens Signature
Time Remaining: 5d 10h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $4,495.00
1996 W $5 Gold Eagle NGC PF69 Ultra Cameo Proof Tenth Ounce 1/10 oz PR69 DCAM
Time Remaining: 19d 7h
Buy It Now for only: $225.00
1996 W $10 American Gold Eagle PCGS PR70 DCAM 1/4 oz - 1/1 ON EBAY!!!! RARE!
Time Remaining: 16d 21h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $725.00