Out of the 500,000 Proof Silver Eagles minted in 1996, only 1,053 have been graded as PR70 DCAM by PCGS.
In 1996, the United States Mint celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the American Eagle coin program. Originally introduced in 1986, the coin series was actually experiencing all-time lows in demand and mintage in the mid 1990s. Right now, the 1996-P Proof American Silver Eagle is available from JM Bullion.
- Arrives in a protective plastic slab!
- Only 1,610 earned this certification level from the PCGS!
- 10th anniversary of the American Silver Eagle coin!
- Contains 1 oz of .999 pure silver.
- Bears a face value of $1 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Issued a grade of PR70 by the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- Deep-cameo finish.
- On the obverse is Walking Liberty.
- The reverse features the heraldic eagle.
- Includes the “P” mint mark of the Philadelphia Mint.
Each of the 1996 Proof American Silver Eagle coins in this product listing from JM Bullion features a PR70 grade from the PCGS. Coins in this condition exhibit full, original mint luster and contain no detracting flaws of any kind.
Coins with a Deep-cameo designation have a unique visual appeal. The design set has a strong, frosted finish while the background field is deeply mirrored and clear. This contrast helps create a sense of the design floating over the coin’s surface.
The 1996 production year for the American Silver Eagle was one of the last in which mintage hovered around all-time lows. By the end of the 1990s, the American Silver Eagle program would be soaring to new production heights, leaving the lows of the mid-1990s behind.
On the obverse face of the coin is an image not used by the US Mint for 39 years prior to the introduction of the Silver Eagle. Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty design emerged on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar in 1916, and continued as the design set for that coin through 1947.
The reverse face of the coin features the heraldic eagle design. First used by the US Mint as early as 1794, this depiction was modernized by John Mercanti in 1986 for use on these coins. Mercanti served as Chief Engraver of the US Mint from 1986 until his retirement in 2010.
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