1996 American Gold Eagle Coins

The 1996 American Gold Eagle Coins showed a decline in interest among collectors for the proof version of the coin while the bullion numbers were only saved by a large jump seen in the mintage of the 1/10 Ounce variety.

1996 American Gold Eagle Coins
Mintage: 189,148 One Ounce Bullion, 36,153 One Ounce Proof
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Gold showed a modest increase for the year coming in at $387.81 an ounce for the year. This was an improvement of $4.02 from the results of 1995.

The Mint kept all design elements of the Gold Eagles the same, as they had done in all previous years. The only exception was that back in 1992, the Mint switched from using Roman numerals to Arabic numerals to express the date on each coin.

1996 Gold Eagle Mintage

Bullion Gold Eagle Mintage

Total Bullion Eagle mintage showed a significant increase for the year owing only to a large jump seen in the number of 1/10 Ounce Gold Eagles sold. The other three sizes all recorded a mintage drop for the year.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 1996-dated Bullion Gold Eagles:

One Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 189,148
1/2 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 39,287
1/4 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 60,318
1/2 Ounce Bullion Gold Eagle 401,964

Proof Gold Eagle Mintage

Proof Eagle mintage was down for the year with a large portion of the decrease attributable to the lack of a special set containing the coins as appeared the year before.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 1996-dated Proof Gold Eagles which includes the number sold as part of the Gold Eagle 4-Coin Set (of which 26,329 were sold).

One Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 36,153
1/2 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 35,058
1/4 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 38,219
1/10 Ounce Proof Gold Eagle 57,047

Issue Information

The 1996 Gold Eagles were the eleventh year for the strikes which debuted back in 1986.

Release Date

The US Mint sold the Bullion Gold Eagles for most of the year through it’s network of authorized purchasers.

Issue Price

Bullion Eagles were sold by the Mint through it’s network of authorized purchasers for a small premium above the current spot price of the gold contained within them. Proof Gold Eagles saw their first price increase in several years and sold for $589 for the One Ounce Gold Eagle, $299 for the 1/2 Ounce Gold Eagle, $159 for the 1/4 Ounce Gold Eagle and $75 for the 1/10 Ounce Gold Eagle. The 4-Coin Set sold for $1,025.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

All of the Proof Gold Eagles were struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point and show the appropriate ‘W’ mintmark.

Designer & Sculptor

Augustus Saint-Gaudens version of Lady Liberty with her flowing hair is shown on the obverse (heads side) of the Gold Eagles. The design first appeared on the 1907-1933 Double Eagle Coin.. The reverse (tails side) depicts a family of eagles and their nest as designed by Miley Busiek.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $50
Finish: Bullion, Proof
Composition: 91.67% Gold, 3% Silver, 5.33% Copper
Standard Weight: 33.930 g
Standard Diameter: 32.70 mm
Edge: Reeded

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