Collector 2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coins are now available from the United States Mint. The Platinum Eagle went on sale today, July 18, 2013, at an opening price of $1,800.00.
Each coin is struck from one ounce of .9995 fine platinum to proof quality. The maximum mintage is set at 15,000 with an initial household order limit of five coins.
Despite their numismatic finish, investors may also be interested in the new release since associated bullion Platinum Eagles have not been produced since 2008. As such, these proofs are the only platinum coins issued by the U.S. Mint.
2013 Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin Designs
This year’s coin is the second to last in the "Preamble Series." Like others of the program, the reverse commemorates one of the six principles of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. For 2013, the commemorated principle is "To Promote the General Welfare."
The 2013 Platinum Eagle "depicts Young America against a backdrop of interlocking gears, symbolizing the interconnection of power between the states and the national government," describes a news release from the U.S. Mint. "The design also includes an American Eagle privy mark from an original ‘coin punch’ identified at the United States Mint at Philadelphia."
This design, by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz, won over other design candidates that were created for consideration. Reverse inscriptions on the Platinum Eagle read UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 oz., .9995 PLATINUM and $100.
Lady Liberty appears on the obverse of the coin. This design has been on Platinum Eagles since their introduction in 1997. It was created by former United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti.
Inscriptions found on the obverse are LIBERTY, 2013 and IN GOD WE TRUST.
"Preamble Series" of American Eagle Platinum Coins
The "Preamble Series" debuted in 2009. Each year, a new principle of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution is depicted on the reverse. The themes and their feature year are as follows:
2009 – To Form a More Perfect Union
2010 – To Establish Justice
2011 – To Insure Domestic Tranquility
2012 – To Provide for the Common Defense
2013 – To Promote General Welfare
2014 – To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity
These designs are inspired by narratives prepared by U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. at the request of U.S. Mint officials. Here are small coin images for each of the past designs:
Past Proof American Platinum Eagle Prices and Mintage Limits
At $1,800.00, the 2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin debuts in the middle of inaugural pricing seen for previous releases in the series. Two of the earlier coins initially appeared at higher price points and two initially appeared at lower price points.
Prices for numismatic platinum coins are reviewed weekly and are based on a United States Mint pricing matrix that ties them to the movement of platinum. The starting price is based on a weekly average for London Fix platinum that is within $1,400 to $1,449.99 an ounce.
The table below shows debut prices for each Preamble Series of Platinum Eagles, along with their release dates, mintages and final sales, if available:
|Year||Release Dates||Prices||Mintages||Sales||Reverse Design Themes|
|2009||December 3, 2009||$1,792||8,000||Sold Out||To Form a More Perfect Union|
|2010||August 12, 2010||$1,892||10,000||Sold Out||To Establish Justice|
|2011||May 26, 2011||$2,092||15,000||14,760||To Insure Domestic Tranquility|
|2012||August 9, 2012||$1,692||15,000||9,595*||To Provide for the Common Defense|
|2013||August 18, 2013||$1,800||15,000||–||To Promote General Welfare|
|2014||Unknown||–||Unknown||–||To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity|
*Last year’s Platinum Eagle remains available. The "as of date" for its sales above is July 14, 2013.
The 2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin is available directly from the United States Mint through the coin’s dedicated online page or by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Each comes packaged in a custom-designed portfolio presentation case that includes a copy of the associated narrative from Chief Justice Roberts.