Tuesday, July 18, 2017

20th Anniversary Platinum American Eagle Release



20th anniversary edition American eagle in platinum showing lady liberty side

The U.S. Mint will soon release the 2017 version of its 1 oz Proof Platinum American Eagle coin. These coins are the U.S. Mint’s answer to the popular Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf and Australian Platinum Koala coins.

The cool thing about the Platinum American Eagle Proof coins is they are the only U.S. Proof coins with a reverse design that changes annually.

In 1997, the first year they were minted, the coins featured an American bald eagle in flight in front of a rising sun. It is the design currently seen on the Brilliant Uncirculated Platinum Eagles. 

From 1998 through 2002, the reverse designs displayed an American bald eagle flying over different regions of the country – New England, Southeastern Wetlands, a farm in the Heartland, the Southwestern desert and the Northwest’s rocky shore – in what was called the “Vistas of Liberty” series.

Platinum American Eagle coin, 20th anniversary editionOther years have displayed an American bald eagle with allegorical representations of Liberty or showing the eagle holding a shield. From 2006 to 2008, the American bald eagle was featured in the “Foundations of Democracy” series, displayed with representations of the 3 branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial. 

Beginning in 2009, the U.S. Mint introduced the Preamble Series. Proof Platinum Eagle coins were packaged in a small black folder, rather than the typical box, and the American bald eagle was displayed with different concepts of democracy found in the Preamble to the Constitution.  The coins depict a more perfect union, justice, domestic tranquility, the common defense, general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty! 

In 2015, the mint returned to allegorical representations such as “Liberty Nurtures Freedom” and “Liberty holds the Torch of Enlightenment.” In 2017, the design returns to its original roots of the American bald eagle soaring over the horizon. It is great to see the reverse design come full circle once again.
20th anniversary american eagle in platinum

If you appreciate a diversity of artistic designs, then the 1 oz Proof Platinum American Eagle coin series is for you! 

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