Platinum Eagle Coins
The American Platinum Eagle was introduced in 1997 as a platinum bullion and collector coin offering of the United States Mint. The coins are struck in a composition of .9995 pure platinum with the weight, content, and purity guaranteed by the US government. Originally, the coins were available in 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, and 1 oz sizes in both bullion and collector formats. In recent years, the offerings have been much more limited with some Platinum Eagles experiencing extremely low mintages.
The obverse design of the American Platinum Eagle features a portrait of the Statue of Liberty designed by John Mercanti. This design has been used for all coins issued under the series. The original reverse design was by Thomas D. Rodgers and features a soaring bald eagle against the backdrop of a rising sun.
Starting in 1998, the collector versions of the Platinum Eagle have featured a new design created annually. These have followed themes such as the original Vistas of Liberty series featuring the bald eagle in different regions of America. The most recent design series presents the core concepts of American democracy as found in the Preamble to the Constitution.
The United States Mint has offered collectible Platinum Eagles in proof versions, from 1997 to present. An additional collectible uncirculated or "burnished" version was introduced in 2006 and issued until 2008. In 2007, the US Mint offered a special 10th Anniversary Platinum Eagle Set, containing a one half ounce reverse proof version of the coin.
Bullion versions of the coin have been issued each year from 1997 to 2008 in four different sizes. The bullion coins were not issued from 2009 onwards, as the US Mint devoted resources to the production of gold and silver bullion coins. During recent years, a single one ounce proof version of the coin has continued to be offered.
This site will provide additional information on the American Platinum Eagle, including specifications, mintages, and an image gallery. A selection of coins available for sale is also included, covering each year of issue for the series with some coins encapsulated and graded by PCGS or NGC. We hope you enjoy learning more about this series and pursuing your collection!