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Platinum Eagles (1997-Date)





The first Platinum Eagles were struck in 1997 in one-tenth, one-quarter, one-half, and one ounce sizes. All share the same obverse design, a Statue of Liberty motif, and the uncirculated issues have a flying eagle reverse design. Proofs have a different design each year, which is unique among the American Eagle bullion coin series.

Gold and silver bullion coins were first struck by the United States Mint in 1986, but platinum bullion coins were not produced until more than a decade later. The Platinum American Eagle was released in 1997 in four sizes: one-tenth ounce ($10), one-quarter ounce ($25), one-half ounce ($50), and one ounce ($100). The coins are .9995 fine platinum. Both proof and uncirculated issues are produced each year, and from 2006 to 2008 a special “burnished” edition was made for collectors.

The obverse of the Platinum Eagle features a portrait based on the Statue of Liberty and the reverse depicts an eagle. While all Mint State releases have the same design, the reverse of the proof edition changes each year. From 1998 to 2002 the five different reverse designs were called “Vistas of Liberty.” As with the Silver and Gold Eagles, the uncirculated version is sold through the Mint’s Authorized Purchasers program. Proofs and the 2006-2008 burnished issues are sold directly to collectors by the Mint.


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