American Eagle Platinum Bullion Coins were first struck in 1997 with a face value of one hundred dollars. They were minted in 1 troy ounce size with a purity of .9995 fine platinum and the US government guarantees the weight and purity of each coin. The Platinum American Eagle coins are the official platinum bullion coin of the USA and therefore can be included in an Individual Retirement Account Gold IRA. Platinum Eagle coins are also available as proofs for collectors and investors.
Design Of The Platinum Eagles. Both sides of this coin was designed by John Mercanti. The design of the face side (obverse) shows the head of The Statue Of Liberty called “Liberty looking to the future”, the Latin phrase “E Pluribus Unum” meaning “One From Many”, the words “Liberty” and “In God We Trust” along with the year of issue. On the reverse there is the “eagle soaring above America” with a sunrise behind. Above are the words “United States Of America” proudly displayed, below is “$100” and inscribed to the right is “.9995 Platinum 1 oz”. The Platinum American Eagle bullion coin does not bear a mint mark, only the proof version.
American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins are produced by the US Mint for the benefit of investors and collectors. This requires a special minting process where the blanks are manually fed into dies which are specifically produced for the proof coin striking. This type of minting requires the blanks to be struck several times which causes an exceptional finish to the coin. After inspection the Platinum Eagle proof coins are sealed in a special capsule and mounted in a velvet case along with its certificate of authenticity.
Proof American Eagle Platinum coins are the only US Mint bullion coins that have a different design on the reverse for each individual year of production. There have been three different themes for the reverse designs. The first was “Vistas of Liberty” where each year it showed a bald eagle in a different region of the USA. The second theme was “The Foundations of Democracy” where each design depicted a scene from one of the three branches of government. The US Mint planned a 6 year theme in 2009 to show the concepts of democracy in the USA inspired by John Roberts, Chief Justice of the US.
Yearly Designs For The American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin