2017 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin

Background

The United States Mint made numismatic history in 1997 when it produced its first legal tender platinum piece—the American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin. Its $100 face value is the highest denomination for a U.S. legal tender coin. Produced for collectors, it bears the “W” mint mark of the West Point Mint where it is produced. This precious metal coin has a limited mintage and may be purchased directly from the United States Mint.

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Characteristics

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the production of the American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin. To commemorate this milestone, the obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) coin designs will return to the original 1997 designs.

The obverse design, is the “Portrait of Liberty.” Liberty looks to the future in this modern interpretation of an American icon, the Statue of Liberty, by former United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti. The reverse design, by former United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Thomas D. Rogers, features an eagle soaring above America.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • 2017
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • .9995 PLATINUM
  • 1 OZ
  • $100

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

  • Composition: 99.95 percent platinum
  • Weight: 1.0005 troy ounces (31.120 grams)
  • Diameter: 1.287 inches (32.70 mm)

Artist Information

Obverse
  • John Mercanti
Reverse
  • Thomas D. Rogers

Related Information

Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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