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Palladium Eagles (2017-Date)

A new member of the American Eagle Family took wing in 2017 with the introduction of the one-ounce, 0.9995 fine palladium edition.

A new member of the American Eagle Family took wing in 2017 with the introduction of the one-ounce, 0.9995 fine palladium edition. Slightly larger than a half dollar, this coin resurrected Adolph A. Weinman's obverse for the dime of 1916-45 as its own obverse. That same artist's image of a perched eagle grasping in its beak a branch projecting from a mountain crag was chosen for the new coin's reverse. Somewhat reminiscent of Weinman's reverse for the half dollar of 1916-47, it had appeared previously in 1907 on his gold medal for the American Institute of Architects.

In keeping with the tradition of assigning legal tender value to the U. S. Mint's bullion coins, the American Palladium Eagle bears a nominal face value of $25. The 2017 edition was struck at the Philadelphia Mint without a mintmark, though Weinman's AW monogram easily could be mistaken for the West Point Mint's letter W. This issue was distributed in the manner of other American Eagle bullion coins, being sold in bulk through the Mint's roster of authorized dealers. Coined with an Uncirculated finish, a number of pieces display fields brilliant enough to be designated by NGC as PL (prooflike). The 2018-W edition was struck solely as a Proof and marketed directly to individual buyers. It does bear a West Point mintmark below the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.


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