America’s official gold bullion coin is the Gold American Eagle. Introduced in 1986, these iconic coins are similar to other American Eagle Series coins in that they feature Lady Liberty on one side and the American bald eagle on the other. Today, the 1996 1 oz Gold American Eagle Coin is available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective capsule.
- Eleventh release of the Gold American Eagle coin!
- Mintage limited to 189,148 coins only!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of actual gold content in BU condition.
- Face value of $50 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Liberty design is on the obverse.
- Miley Busiek’s bald eagle family on the reverse.
The 1996 issue of Gold American Eagle coins may have marked the 10th anniversary, but that wasn’t the only monumental occurrence of the year. For starters, the mintage of just 189,148 coins in the 1 oz weight remains the lowest total ever for the Gold American Eagle’s flagship weight.
Additionally, after years of solid gains in mintage and popularity, the 1/10 oz Gold Eagle outsold the 1996 1 oz Gold American Eagle significantly in 1996. Its mintage came in at a staggering 401,964, nearly double its own mintage from 1995 and more than double the mintage of the 1996 1 oz Gold American Eagle.
All 1996 1 oz Gold American Eagle coins in this listing are in BU condition. Coins in this condition show no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice minor flaws ranging from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks from the production of the coins at the mint.
On the obverse of all 1996 1 oz Gold American Eagle Coins you’ll find the image of Liberty, with flowing hair and a flowing robe as she walks forward into an unknown future holding her bright torch as a guiding light. It was created in 1907 by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and featured on the $20 Gold Double Eagle coin until 1933.
The reverse of all Gold American Eagle coins includes the design of a family of bald eagles in their nest. Created in 1986 by Miley Busiek, it features the image of a male eagle flying over the family nest, which contains a group of hatchlings that is guarded by a watchful female.
Gold prices in 1996 spent most of the year on the decline. After surging above $400 per ounce in January and February, gold slowly declined the remainder of the year to close at $369.25 per ounce.
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