2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin Available

by Darrin Lee Unser on July 18, 2013 · 5 comments

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.

2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin

2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin

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.

2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin - Reverse

2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin – Reverse

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.

2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin - Obverse

2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin – Obverse

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:

2009-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin

2009-W Proof Platinum Eagle – Design by Susan Gamble

2010-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin

2010-W Proof Platinum Eagle – Design by Donna Weaver

2011-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin

2011-W Proof Platinum Eagle – Design by Joel Iskowitz

2012-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin

2012-W Proof Platinum Eagle – Design by Barbara Fox

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.

Presentation Case 2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin

Presentation case for the 2013-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin

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.

Order Information

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.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe#2 July 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

This is an awesome piece. 15,000 mintage not bad. T-Minus14,999 remaining and counting. :) Hope it does very well.

RonnieBGood July 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Nicest looking of the designs so far!

Nice round up to squeeze out the extra $8…

RonnieBGood July 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Have you noticed year 4 mintage, the least expensive of the group to date? Again I say the Mint would do far better limiting series to four years!

jim July 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

For a coin that costs so much I doubt they’re being collected because of the reverse theme or designs. Still I’m interested in what their thinking will come up with for the 2015 and beyond reverses.

RonnieBGood July 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

Yeah – no one collects coins based on their theme or design.

Let’s see… if the price of all 5 coins issued were about the same and all else being equal (one ounce of .9995 Platinum Coin from the US mint)…

If I could afford only one, what would I use to make my selection?

Ah yes, the packaging. It’s got to be just the packaging. Never the coin design.

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