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 - Proof 1/10 oz. Gold American Eagle $5 - PCGS PR 69 DCAM
$140.25 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 21h 16m
1996-W Gold American Eagle $10 PCGS PR70DCAM PERFECT
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1996-W $10 (1/4 oz) Proof Gold Eagle PCGS PR70 PF70 DCam Signature Series
Time Remaining: 25d 21h 33m
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1996 W $5 (1/10 oz) Proof Gold Eagle NGC PR70 PF 70 Ultra Cameo
Time Remaining: 14d 21h 34m
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1996-W PCGS PR69DCAM $5 Gold Eagle 1/10 Ounce
Time Remaining: 3d 12h 48m
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1996-W $5 PROOF GOLD EAGLE 1/10 Oz. NGC PF70 PR70 PF-70 Ultra CAMEO
Time Remaining: 3d 20h 46m
1996 W $10 (1/4 oz) Proof Gold Eagle NGC PF70 PR 70 Ultra Cameo
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1996-W PCGS PR70DCAM $25 Gold American Eagle Deep Cameo 1/2 Ounce Gold!!
Time Remaining: 23d 24m
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1996-W $25 GOLD EAGLE 1/2 Oz. NGC PF70 PROOF COIN PR70 PF-70 !!
Time Remaining: 21d 1h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $1,395.00