1996 1 oz Silver American Eagle BU

1996 1 oz Silver American Eagle BU
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This adaptation of Adolph A. Weinman’s design of the half dollar (1916-1947) has been extremely popular as a silver bullion coin since its inaugural issue in 1986. Many people collect them by date and this is the "Key" date for the series.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Multiples of 20 are packaged in mint tubes. Multiples of 500 are packaged in “Monster Boxes.” All other coins will be in protective plastic flips.
  • Eligible for Precious Metals IRAs.
  • Obverse: Adolph A. Weinman’s design showing Lady Liberty draped in an American Flag, walking gracefully as the sun rises over a ridge.
  • Reverse: A heraldic eagle is shown below 13 small stars, representing the original colonies.
  • Guaranteed by the U.S. Mint.

Protect and display your Silver Eagle in style by adding an attractive display or gift box to your order.

1996 Silver Eagles have the lowest mintage (3,603,386) of all bullion quality coins in the entire Silver American Eagle series. Add this Key Date Silver American Eagle to your cart today!

First released November 24, 1986, the 1 oz Silver American Eagle has become the most popular Silver bullion coin not only in the United States, but in the entire world. In fact, this Silver coin is so highly sought after that in 2014 and 2015 the U.S. Mint could not match its level of production to consumer demand. In 2013, after a historic drop in Silver prices, demand increased so much that the U.S. Mint had to ration the sale of Silver coins for 18 months.

The driving force behind the creation of the Silver American Eagle was the government’s desire to sell off some of the Silver from the Defense National Stockpile. Although states with heavy mining interests and some legislators opposed the sale of the Silver, in 1985, the Senate agreed to permit the sale of Silver after an amendment was made to the bill permitting such action. Later in 2002, after it became apparent the stockpile of Silver would be depleted, an additional bill was passed that would allow the government to purchase Silver on the open market once it became necessary.

The design of this Silver bullion coin is steeped in American heritage and tradition. On the obverse of the coin is Adolph A. Weinman’s “Walking Liberty” design which was originally used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar from 1916 to 1947. This iconic design was a public favorite and thus it was reinstituted years later on the 1 oz Silver American Eagle. The reverse features a heraldic eagle holding an olive branch in one talon and arrows in the other with a shield on its chest. In the beak of the bird is a banner that reads “E Pluribus Unum” and above the eagle are 13 five-pointed stars representing the original 13 colonies. This image mirrors the Great Seal of the United States.

These Silver bullion coins do not have mintmarks, as opposed to the Proof and Burnished versions, which do include a mintmark. From 1986 to 1998, they were manufactured at the San Francisco Mint. From 1999 to 2000, production was moved to the Philadelphia Mint. Since 2001, the 1 oz Silver American Eagle has been produced at the West Point Mint in New York, which has been referred to as the “Fort Knox of Silver.” Starting in 2011, due to the coin’s massive popularity, the San Francisco Mint again began minting coins to supplement the output from the West Point Mint.
Customer Reviews of 1996 1 oz Silver American Eagle BU
1996 1 oz Silver American Eagle BU
3.6 Overall

(based on 13 reviews)

Reviewed by 13 customers

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Hoping for more

By  Dano

from Utah

3.0

Not as BU as I was hoping for.

Cons

  • Poor Condition

Right on the Money!

By  Marcus

from Fort Smith, AR

5.0

I ordered seven coins and received them in flips. There were no fingerprints or tarnish, just the normal wear and tear dings. I inspected them carefully and compared them to my new 2015s and found they looked pretty good for their age. It would be nice if they came right from the tube as they've been passed around a little over 19 years. Again, they look pretty good for their age.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Great Key date in the raw!

By  Maxgus62

from Marlow, OK

5.0

I wanted to start a collection of Silver Eagles, although I have a few graded coins, I wanted to start looking for coins in the raw to complete my collection without spending a small fortune. APMEX makes this possible with a wide selection of Silver Eagles graded or not at very reasonable prices. This coin met my expectations, as well as all the other coins that have purchased.

Pros

  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition

Poor Condition, Large Fingerprint

By  Corey

from Ohio

1.0

The product came with a large obvious fingerprint on the obverse which I believe certainly does not qualify it as a BU coin. If I am mistaken please correct me. Regardless, I expected better and am incredibly disappointed.

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Cons

  • Poor Condition

Disappointed

By  Kyle

from Richmond VA

1.0

I have to echo another poor condition review. My coin looks bad. I expect handling marks but this is crazy. I expected more APMEX. 3 out of the 4 items of my order were as described but this coin was just sub-par. I would have expected this coin if I bought a "Cull, Damaged, Etc"...but I did not. Maybe I have to high of standards.

Pros

  • Recognized Brand

Cons

  • Poor Condition

Not for single coin buyer...

By  Honey Badger

from Wisconsin

2.0

If you are looking to buy "brilliant uncirculated" you should buy 10 or more so you receive brilliant uncirculated. I bought one of each year and it looked like I received someone else's unkempt set. Too bad because everything else I have purchased has been phenomenal. I hate to have to leave a poor review, but the proverbial "ball" was dropped on this order of 28 coins. I have purchased 10 eagles and 10 leafs in the past and coins were pristine. This time my expectations were way too high, I wish I felt as good as when the bulk orders arrived.

Pros

  • Recognized Brand
  • Easy to Sell
  • Attractive Design
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Collectible (lower mintage)

Cons

  • Poor Condition

Another outstanding transaction

By  Ontos48

from Louisville Ky

5.0

As always a flawless transaction.!!!

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Recognized Brand
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Quick Delivery
  • Incredible Packaging
  • Mint Condition

96 silver eagle

By  mo

from harvard il

5.0

cream of the crop easy to buy at apmex

Pros

  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Recognized Brand
  • Mint Condition
  • Attractive Design
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Easy to Sell

Very Pleased

By  Joe

from Mass

3.0

Received an exchange for the original 1996 ASE I purchased. The exchange was in good condition. Some minor scratches but overall I am pleased. Customer service was excellent. Very fast response to my concerns.

Pros

  • Collectible (lower mintage)

Not Happy

By  Joe

from Mass

2.0

First coin I have purchased from APMEX, I am not happy with the condition it is in. Both obverse and reverse have scratches and the luster is worn off in places on both sides. I just started buying ASE and have several others and they all are in great condition.

Pros

  • Collectible (lower mintage)

Cons

  • Poor Condition

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