American Eagle Proof and Uncirculated Coin Program

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The United States Mint produces proof versions of the American Eagle Coins for collectors. The American Eagle Proof program was introduced in 1986 with the sale of gold proof and silver proof coins. In 1997 platinum proof coins were added to the program, followed by palladium proof coins in 2018.

The term “proof” refers to a specialized minting process that begins by manually feeding burnished coin blanks into presses fitted with special dies. Each coin is struck multiple times so the softly frosted, yet detailed images seem to float above a mirror-like field. After scrutiny by white gloved inspectors, each American Eagle Proof Coin is placed in a protective plastic capsule and mounted in a handsome satin-lined velvet presentation case.

An official Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each coin. American Eagle Proof Coins sell at a fixed price and can be purchased directly from the United States Mint.

Learn how proof coins are made by watching the video below.

American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins

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.

Since its inception, the American Eagle One Ounce Platinum Proof Coin has shared a common obverse (heads) that features a portrait of Liberty. The coin’s reverse (tails) has featured a variety of themed series designs, including “Vistas of Liberty,” “Foundations of Democracy,” “The Preamble to the Constitution,” and “Torches of Liberty.”

Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin Series

As the program enters its third decade, 2018 will mark the first time the Mint has issued a series featuring all new obverse designs created concurrently by one designer, as well as a new common reverse design.

Watch the video below to learn about the first coin in the series.

The new three-year “Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin Series” will feature one ounce proof coins struck in 99.95 percent platinum. The obverse designs portray Lady Liberty planting seeds for future sustenance, lighting the way westward, and harvesting the well-worked crops. The inscriptions “Life” in 2018, “Liberty” in 2019, and “Happiness” in 2020 are likenesses of the handwritten words from the Declaration of Independence.

American Eagle Uncirculated Coins

The United States Mint also offers collectible, uncirculated versions of the popular gold and silver American Eagle Coins. These coins are sold directly to the public, and all American Eagle Uncirculated Coins feature the same stunning designs found on their proof counterparts.

The term “uncirculated” refers to the specialized minting process used to create these coins. Although they are similar in appearance to American Eagle Bullion Coins, uncirculated quality coins are distinguished by the presence of a mint mark, indicating their production facility, and by the use of burnished coin blanks, which are hand-fed into specially adapted coining presses one at a time.

Each American Eagle Uncirculated Coin is carefully inspected before it is encapsulated in plastic. With its pristine finish now protected, each American Eagle Uncirculated Coin is placed in a protective outer box. A Certificate of Authenticity is included with each coin.

These magnificent coins sell at a fixed price and are available directly from the United States Mint. American Eagle Gold and Silver Uncirculated Coins are only minted and sold in the one ounce size.

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