Design of the 2005-W 1/4 oz. Platinum Eagle Proof
The obverse of this 2005-W 1/4 oz. Platinum Eagle Proof features the iconic image of Lady Liberty. She wears a crown with seven rays emanating from it. The symbolism is strong and clear, indicating that Liberty illuminates the entire world, as the number seven represents both the seven seas and the seven continents. Lady Liberty's torch does not appear on the coin, but her right shoulder is shown extending upwards, indicating that she is holding that torch high. The inscription from the Great Seal of the United States, "E PLURIBUS UNUM," appears along the rim of the coin within the upstretched shoulder. Between that shoulder and Liberty's head is a small inscription of the initials "JM," which stand for John Mercanti, the man who designed the obverse. The name "LIBERTY" is inscribed within the rays of the crown along the top portion of the rim. Under the last ray on the right is an inscription of the mintage year, "2005." Under that is the national motto, "IN GOD WE TRUST."
The design on the reverse of this 2005-W 1/4 oz. Platinum Eagle Proof features an eagle and a cornucopia. As in some other American coins, the eagle guards a shield. In this case, the shield covers the bottom portion of the eagle's body. The eagle's wings are stretched outward, and its head faces to the right of the coin. In addition to the shield, it also bears an olive branch, a symbol of peace. Arching above the eagle from one wing to the other are thirteen stars, which serve to represent the original thirteen states. The cornucopia arches upward below the eagle. It bears whet, grapes, and other symbols of an abundant harvest. Just under to cornucopia are the initials "DW," which credit Donna Weaver with the design. The inscription "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" takes up the top half of the rim, while the coin's face value, purity, metal, and weight are inscribed along the bottom. That inscription reads, "$25 .9995 PLATINUM
|Year of Issue:||2005|
|Weight in Grams:||7.7 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||1/4 oz|