Proof Gold American Eagle coins are the collector’s version of the nation’s official gold bullion coin. Struck using 22-karat gold and bearing the iconic images of Liberty and the bald eagle, the Gold American Eagle coin’s gold content is guaranteed by the United States government. Right now, Silver.com offers these brilliant 1996-W ½ oz Proof Gold American Eagles in perfect condition.
- Only 682 coins currently exist in this grade and condition!
- Consists of a true gold weight of one-half troy ounce.
- Bears a face value $25 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Earned a perfect PF70 grade from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Available with an Ultra-cameo finish.
- Features a “W” mint mark from the West Point Mint.
- Ships to you in an NGC protective plastic slab.
The origin of proof coinage is an interesting story. The first proof coins were appropriately named as they were used as proof of the quality and accuracy of bullion coin programs. Before large-volume bullion coin series were struck, mints would strike proof coins to check the quality of dies and the accuracy of the coining press.
Today, proof coins are often struck in greater numbers than their bullion counterparts because of their popularity among collectors. Proof Gold American Eagles are among the most popular coins in the world because of their sharper rims, greater detail in the design features, and clear background fields.
Each of the 1996-W ½ oz Proof Gold American Eagles in this listing has a PF70 grade from the NGC. A perfect proof coin features its full, original mint luster and no blemishes. The Ultra-cameo designation is reserved for proof coins with a frosted design field that appears to float above a deeply-mirrored, clear background.
On the obverse side of each coin is Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ iconic image of Lady Liberty. Created in 1907, it depicts Liberty as she strides forward from the setting sun, a torch held aloft in her right hand as her left hand clutches an olive branch.
The reverse of each coin features a majestic bald eagle as it returns to the family nest. The male eagle’s wings are spread wide, engulfing the female and hatchlings below, as it lands in the nest with an olive branch in its talons.
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