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1996 1 oz American Silver Eagle BU

1996 1 oz American Silver Eagle BU

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The 11th and Key Date issue from the annual American Silver Eagle program by the U.S. Mint displays one of the most popular and beloved designs in American coinage.

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains 1 oz of fine Silver.
  • Multiples of 20 are packaged in mint issued tubes. All other Silver Eagle coins will come in protective packaging.
  • Worldwide mintage of 3,603,386 coins.
  • 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 and backed by the U.S. Mint.

Protect your American Silver Eagle with this clear plastic capsule or display it in style by adding an attractive presentation box or jewelry bezel to your order.

One of the most popular designs in American coinage, the Silver Eagle combines beauty with Silver bullion appeal. Add the 1996 Silver Eagle to your cart today!

History of the American Silver Eagle Program
The U.S. Mint attempted to establish selling Silver bullion in the 1970s and early 1980s to help reduce the Defense National Stockpile. The reasoning was that domestic needs exceeded that of strategic needs. Many refiners had actually opposed the plan due to concerns of diminishing the need of in-state mining and possible reduction of Silver spot at the time. Throughout the back-and-forth, the United States did end up selling off large amounts of Silver (roughly 105 million troy ounces) but not as coin, as they had originally intended. When this happened, it did in fact cause the price of Silver to drop immediately. Many traders started unloading futures with the anticipation that price would fall, which it did. Over a span of several years and suspensions, it wasn’t until June 21, 1985, that the Senate finally agreed to an amendment by a voice vote. The amended bill was signed by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1985. The bill, know as the “Liberty Coin Act” authorized the law of the American Silver Eagle program with an effective date of October 1, 1985, but came with stipulations that no coins may be struck or sold until September 1, 1986. Finally, after all of this, the first American Silver Eagle was released on November 24, 1986, and has gone on to become one of the most beloved, best-selling coins in the world.

The Design (1986 to 2021)
The obverse (front) of the coin was taken from the “Walking Liberty,” originally designed by Adolph A. Weinman in 1916. The iconic design had already been a public favorite and one of the most beloved of any United States coinage of modern times, which made it an instant favorite among collectors and enthusiasts once released. The reverse (back) was designed by John Mercanti and portrayed a heraldic eagle behind a shield. The eagle holds a banner in its beak while grasping an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left, an image that echoes the Great Seal of the United States. Above the eagle and below the legend are 13 five-pointed stars representing the original 13 colonies.

Direct from the U.S. Mint
The U.S. Mint does not sell its bullion coins directly to the public. Instead, they distribute their coins to only a handful of authorized purchasers who then sell the coins to the public. As one of these authorized purchasers, APMEX is able to get coins directly from the U.S. Mint and pass them along to you, our customer.


The coins you receive may exhibit some level of natural toning and/or oxidation such as spotting. This is a normal process that and can occur over time when exposed to hydrogen sulfide which is naturally occurring in the air.

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77% of reviewers recommend this product

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Posted By:Tracey

From:Mora,MN

Date:Jun 27, 2020

clean, spotless, perfect. A must have coin!

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Without question mint state clean and clear a must have!


  • Pros
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Chumlypage llc

From:Bethlehem pa

Date:Mar 23, 2019

Awesome

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Thank you


  • Pros
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Cons
  • Common (higher mintage)
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:RMH

From:53121

Date:Feb 8, 2018

Eagle set

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Working on 2nd complete set with 3 extra 1996 Eagles. Good selection to complete sets.


  • Pros
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Bottom Line
  • No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Posted By:AL

From:Az

Date:May 1, 2017

Good buy

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I have now completed my set of Eagles from start to present but about 4 of them different dates came with a milk like finish and blackish color on the outer edge I have spent thousands on my Eagle set and silver bar sets and my promotional gift is a big stack of note pads


  • Pros
  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Recognized Brand
  • Cons
  • Poor Condition
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:AL

From:Az

Date:May 1, 2017

A good buy

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I have now completed a set from start to present day hope to pass on to my child


  • Pros
  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Edgar

From:Dorado,Puerto Rico

Date:Mar 2, 2017

Good

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Good for collection or investment


  • Pros
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Bezo

From:Indianapolis, IN

Date:Feb 8, 2017

Low Mintage Eagle

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Correctly advertised as brilliant uncirculated. The lowest mintage of this coin guarantees collectibility. Very nice!


  • Pros
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:69rdstr

From:Udall, KS

Date:Jan 15, 2017

Not BU

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I bought two of these ’96 BU ASE coins. They both had blemishes (large splotches), one on the obverse, the other on the reverse. One also had scratches. I exchanged them. Of the replacements I received, one has scratches & nicks on both obverse & reverse. The other has rub marks & scratches on the obverse and scratches on the reverse. Small, but noticeable. Not as bad as the first coins but still not what one would expect when purchasing a BU advertised coin.


  • Pros
  • Attractive Design
  • Recognized Brand
  • Cons
  • Poor Condition
  • Bottom Line
  • No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Posted By:Dano

From:Utah

Date:Mar 14, 2016

Hoping for more

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Not as BU as I was hoping for.


  • Cons
  • Poor Condition
  • Bottom Line
  • No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Posted By:Marcus

From:Fort Smith, AR

Date:Aug 13, 2015

Right on the Money!

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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
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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