Coin collectors can order the newest American Platinum Eagle Proof Coin from the United States Mint. Sales kicked off today, July 18, for the fifth release in the six coin series for collectors that commemorates the core concepts of democracy from the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
Proof American Platinum Eagles debuted in 1997, but in 2009 the "Preamble Series" was introduced by the US Mint. Since then, every year there is a new reverse design that is emblematic of one of six principles in the Preamble, as inspired by narratives prepared by John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States. Those principles and coin release years are:
- To Form a More Perfect Union (2009)
- To Establish Justice (2010)
- To Insure Domestic Tranquility (2011)
- To Provide for the Common Defense (2012)
- To Promote General Welfare (2013)
- To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity (2014)
As highlighted by image immediately below of the first four coins, designs to date for these collector pieces have featured: four faces to represent the diversity of the Nation, a blindfolded Justice holding scales, a harvest goddess emerging from a field of wheat and a Colonial Minuteman.
This year’s reverse theme "To Promote the General Welfare" was designed by Joel Iskowitz and engraved by Charles L. Vickers. It depicts Young America looking ahead with a background of three gears to signify the interconnection of power between the states and the national government.
Inscriptions circling the design say UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 oz., .9995 PLATINUM and the denomination $100. There is also an American Eagle privy mark that is from an original coin punch identified at the United States Mint at Philadelphia. Finally, a "W" mint mark denotes the coin’s production at the West Point Mint.
Obverses or heads side of the American Platinum Eagle have not changed since 1997 — outside of the different date for each year. Designed by John Mercanti is a depiction of the Statue of Liberty, which is a symbol of vigilance and resolute faithfulness to duty. Around Lady Liberty are inscriptions of LIBERTY, 2013 and the mottoes E PLURIBUS UNUM and IN GOD WE TRUST.
The initial price for this year’s American Platinum Eagle is $1,800. As a collectible coin, that can change every Wednesday depending on the market value of platinum. It is currently based on an average of the precious metal that sits within $1,400 to $1,449.99 an ounce.
There are up to 15,000 available, which is the same mintage set for releases since 2011. Last year’s coin is still on sale with orders at 9,595 as of July 16th.
The 2012-dated and new 2013-dated American Platinum Eagle Proof Coins are available online through the US Mint product page, located here. Collectors can also call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There is a $4.95 shipping and handling fee for domestic orders and an initial ordering limit of five coins per household.
Coins arrive in a custom presentation case that includes the US Mint’s Certificate of Authenticity, specifications for the American Platinum Eagle and Roberts’ narrative "To Promote the General Welfare."