Platinum American Eagle coins debuted in 1997 as the official platinum bullion coin of the United States. The first major addition to the American Eagle program in the series’ history, the Platinum American Eagle is available in bullion and proof versions, and originally featured a total of four weights similar to the Gold American Eagle version of the coins. Right now, the 2012-W 1 oz Proof Platinum American Eagle Coin is available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a US Mint display box with Certificate of Authenticity.
- 16th release of Proof Platinum American Eagles!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9995 fine platinum in proof condition.
- Bears a face value of $100 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Obverse includes the image of Liberty from John Mercanti.
- Reverse depicts an American militiaman backed by the US flag.
- Features the West Point Mint’s “W” mint mark.
- Designed by Barbara Fox.
- Engraving by Charles L. Vickers.
Each 2012-W 1 oz Proof Platinum American Eagle coin in this listing is available to you inside of its original US Mint display box, and includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Like many proof coins from the US Mint, these coins are struck by the West Point Mint facility as indicated by the presence of the “W” mint mark.
Throughout the 20 years of Proof Platinum American Eagle production history, the US Mint has introduced a total of four different reverse design themes. Each of the design themes featured new motifs, with different designs each year. In any given design series, the designs were different but the overall motif remained focus on a singular concept.
The longest running Proof Platinum American Eagle reverse design series was the six-coin Preamble of the United States Constitution. The founding document for the nation, the Constitution remains vital to American life today and is cited as the most important document in forming and guiding America.
On the reverse of the 2012-W 1 oz Proof Platinum American Eagle Coin is the image of US militia member from the Continental Army of the Revolutionary War, who is highlighted by the background image of the American flag.
The obverse of all 2012-W 1 oz Proof Platinum American Eagle coins includes the image of Lady Liberty. Based upon the Statue of Liberty and featuring a close-up of her face, this design is on all proof and bullion Platinum Eagles each year, and was created in 1997 by John Mercanti, then the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.
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