Unlike the Silver American Eagle and Gold American Eagle coins offered by the U.S. Mint, which began their run in 1986, the American Platinum Eagle didn’t make its debut until 1997. The entire series is generally considered to be a bit scarce, but the proof version is known for its particularly low mintage figures. The American Platinum Eagle was offered in four sizes for over a decade, but since 2009, only the 1 oz. size has been available with a proof finish.
Design of the 2017 Proof Platinum Eagle
The designs on the Proof Platinum Eagles are one of the series’ defining features. Unlike the standard bullion version, the design on the reverse of the Proof Platinum Eagles changes each year that they are issued. Typically, a multi-year period will feature different designs with a common theme such as regions of the U.S. or Foundations of American Government. The unveiling of the reverse for the new proof Platinum Eagle coins is always something to look forward to.
In celebration of the American Platinum Eagle's 20th Anniversary in 2017, the reverse of this issue takes us back to the beginning. It shows the original 1997 reverse design of a soaring eagle! Created by Thomas D. Rodgers, this design has been used on the reverse of every Bullion Platinum Eagle issue.
The obverse of each coin in this series displays a design created by retired 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, John Mercanti. This Statue of Liberty design has been used for the Proof American Platinum Eagle since the series was introduced in 1997.