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 $25 GOLD EAGLE 1/2 Oz. NGC PF70 PROOF COIN PR70 PF-70 !!
Time Remaining: 15d 17h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $1,283.40
1996-W $25 Gold Eagle PCGS PR70DCAM
Time Remaining: 2d 17h 7m
1996 W $10 GOLD EAGLE PCGS PR70DCAM
Time Remaining: 19d 6h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $579.00
1996-W PCGS PR70DCAM 70 PROOF GOLD $25 DOLLAR AMERICAN EAGLE PHILIP DIEHL SIGNED
Time Remaining: 17h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $1,189.99
1996 W $5 Gold Eagle NGC PF69 Ultra Cameo Proof PR69 UCAM ONLY 57,000 MADE
Time Remaining: 3d 14h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $330.00
1996-W $5 Proof American Gold Eagle 1/10 oz. PCGS PR-70DCAM Rare Year! -136324
Time Remaining: 14h 18m
1996-W $25 NGC PF70 ULTRA CAMEO 1/2 ounce Proof Gold Eagle PR70
Time Remaining: 20d 17h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $1,059.00
1996-W PCGS PR70 DCAM $25 GOLD American EAGLE 1/2 Ounce gold PF Proof
Time Remaining: 23d 4h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $1,249.00
1996-W PCGS PR70 DCAM $50 GOLD American EAGLE 1 Ounce gold PF West Point Proof
Time Remaining: 20d 8h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $2,299.00