1996-W $50 American Gold Eagle

1996-W $50 American Gold Eagle

The 1996-W 1 oz American Gold Eagle had a total mintage of only 36,153. This Proof coin was struck at the West Point Mint and featured the ‘W’ mint mark on the obverse of the coin. The 1996-W American Gold Eagle 1 oz is possible to find in most Proof grades, although it has a small mintage and can be difficult to come by in higher grades. 


History of the 1996-W $50 American Gold Eagle

The 1996-W $50 American Gold Eagle is a beautiful coin that is worth the effort to cherrypick for a sharp strike and attractive surfaces that have minimal to no surface scratches and abrasions. The American Gold Eagle is the official gold bullion coin of the United States. The obverse of the American Gold Eagle features a rendition of the full-length Lady Liberty with her hair flowing and a long dress, and was designed by Augustus Saint Gaudens. She carries a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. A small image of the Capitol building can be found in the background. The reverse of the coin was designed by sculptor, Miley Busiek. It features a male American Bald Eagle clutching an olive branch, flying over a nest with a female eagle and her eaglet.


1996-W $50 American Gold Eagle Value

The 1996-W $50 American Gold Eagle value reaches upwards of $3,400 for the highest grades of the coin available. It’s possible to build a more affordable Gold Eagle series collection by seeking out coins of value, or under-the-radar coins. The 1996-W 1 oz American Gold Eagle would make an excellent addition to any American Gold Eagle series collection. 


Type of coin: $50 Coin

Year: 1996-W $50 American Gold Eagle

American Gold Eagle Mint Mark: West Point

Total mintage: 36,153

Metal content: 91.67% Gold, 3% Silver, 5.33% Copper

Face value: Fifty Dollars

Weight: 33.93 grams

Edge: Reeded

Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens/Miley Busiek

Diameter: 32.70 millimeters