1996 Silver Eagle Coin NGC MS69
In 1986, the U.S. government began striking gold and silver coins annually to find a creative way to sell off some of the raw materials in the Defense National Stockpile Center. Initially, many people expressed deep apprehension towards the idea. However, after several years of campaigning and many amendments later, the American Silver Eagle bullion program succeeded. Signed into law by the Reagan administration in 1985, the American Silver Eagle coins are an awe-inspiring product of the rich resources that America has to offer to its inhabitants.
The year 1996 will be remembered for a multitude of interesting and historical happenings. In the technical world, it was just one year after DVD's had first been invented and 1996 was the year when they were first released in Japan. 1996 was also a gastronomical year of growth and popularity for the Internet. Users escalated that year from a mere 1 million to a whopping 10 million. Following that growth, now-successful internet sites such as eBay and Ask Jeeves were launched for the first time. In pop-culture, 1996 was the heralding year that Prince Charles and Princess Diana got divorced. With so many "events for the books" happening in 1996 it's no wonder that this year's Silver Eagle coin is admired by collectors all over the world.
Design of the 1996 Silver Eagle Coin NGC MS69
The American Silver Eagle coins are crafted from 1 oz. of high-quality silver. It is quite amazing to think about how each coin began as a raw resource in the ground and is morphed into an extraordinary work of art. Chalk-full of intricate detail, the 1996 Silver Eagle coin shines with brilliance as the obverse side features artist Adolph A. Weinman's design of "Walking Liberty." This superior design was originally featured on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar during the years 1916-1947. It was such a beloved design then, that the U.S. Mint deemed it only fitting to revive Weinman's design for the Silver Eagle series.
As the name suggests, "Walking Liberty" Features Lady liberty striding into the sunset with the beautiful imagery of the U.S. flag in the background. She confidently holds branches of laurel and oak wood as she extends her hand for what is to come. Around her majestic image is the inscription, "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST."
The coin's obverse side features an equally recognizable image mirroring the Great Seal of the United States. Orchestrated with true craftsmanship, the handsome eagle poses with talons carrying arrows and olive branches. Above the national bird lay 13 stars representing the 13 original colonies. With unmatched detail, the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "1 oz. FINE SILVER ONE DOLLAR" are inscribed around the coin.
Why Purchase a 1996 Silver Eagle Coin NGC MS69?
The Silver Eagle coin is the only bullion to ever be endorsed by the full power of the United States Government. It represents the lifelong pursuit of happiness and success that America exudes. With only 3,603,386 minted, the 1996 Silver Eagle was the year with the least coins struck. Because of this dip in production, this coin is especially scarce and sought after by collectors everywhere.