American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins for Collectors
The one-ounce American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins for collectors have a limited mintage. Produced at the United States Mint at West Point, they feature the "W" mint mark and may be purchased directly from the United States Mint.
Preamble Series: 2009 – 2014
In 2009, the United States Mint introduced a new six-year platinum coin program. This new series explores the core concepts of American democracy by highlighting the preamble of the U. S. Constitution. It will examine the six principles found in the preamble beginning with "To Form a More Perfect Union" in 2009, followed by "To Establish Justice" in 2010, "To Insure Domestic Tranquility" in 2011, "To Provide for the Common Defence" in 2012, "To Promote the General Welfare" in 2013, and "To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity" in 2014. The themes for the reverse designs for this program are inspired by narratives prepared by the Chief Justice of the United States at the request of the United States Mint.
Since its debut in 1997, the United States Mint’s American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin has featured Lady Liberty, a symbol of vigilance and resolute faithfulness to duty, on its obverse (heads side). Designed and sculpted by former United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti, Lady Liberty again graces the obverse of coins in this six-year series.
The 2012 reverse (tails) design is emblematic of the principle "To Provide for the Common Defence," the fourth of six principles of American democracy found in the Preamble to the United States Constitution. Designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Associate Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Charles L. Vickers, it features a vigilant minuteman from the Revolutionary War representing the protection and defense of the country during its early days. The minuteman carries a rifle and a book, which symbolizes the importance of knowledge in defending our Nation. It also features an American Eagle privy mark from an original "coin punch" identified at the United States Mint at Philadelphia. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 oz., .9995 PLATINUM and $100.
Size, content and weight
American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins contain 99.95 percent platinum. The one-ounce coin, with a $100 face value, is 1.287 inches in diameter and weighs 1.0005 troy ounces.