American Eagle Gold Coins are considered some of the most incredible offerings in the precious metals’ world. For every annual release, it seems the coins draw more buzz from investors and collectors. The fractional weight options have opened the door for those with smaller budgets to participate in collecting these coins. Today, you can purchase the 1996 1/2 oz American Gold Eagle Coin from JM Bullion!
- Ships in lightweight plastic flips!
- Mintage limited to only 39,287 coins!
- Contains 1/2 Troy oz of actual gold content with 22-karat gold!
- Face value of $25 (USD) backed by the US government.
- 18th release of the 1/2 oz American Eagle Gold Coins!
- Lady Liberty is depicted on the obverse.
- Reverse features a bald eagle family design from Miley Busiek.
The American Eagle Coin program launched from the United States Mint in 1986. There were fewer fractional weights available at launch, but over subsequent years, other, smaller options were added to the lineup. Today, you can purchase American Gold Eagles in 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz weights. The coins also come in various finishes: bullion, proof, and uncirculated.
There are also four different precious metals options the mint releases. These metals are silver, gold, platinum, and palladium. To keep the series interesting, each of the different metals features different designs on both the obverse and reverse—although, the designs follow the same theme.
The obverse imagery is that of Lady Liberty as she walks away from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. As the sun hits her back, we can see that she is holding a lit torch in one hand and an olive branch in the other. The design was created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1907 for use on the Gold Double Eagle Coins.
On the reverse, a bald eagle family design features a large male returning home to his nest. He is carrying an olive branch in his talons. His mate and hatchling are waiting for him in the nest. This design was created just for use on these coins in 1986 by sculptor Miley Busiek.
When your Gold Eagle coins arrive at your door, they will be in clear plastic flips for protection. We recommend that you keep the coins in these flips for protection during storage, as well. The coins each contain 91.67% gold by weight, containing exactly 1/2 Troy ounce of pure 22-karat gold. The rest of the coin’s composition is copper and silver, which just makes the coins more durable.
Should you need any help during the shopping and ordering process, you can reach out to our customer service team. Our customer service associates are available for you via email, live chat, and telephone at 800-276-6508.