Commemorating two decades since the annual series debuted, the United States Mint’s 20th anniversary 2017-W $100 Proof American Platinum Eagle goes on sale today, July 6, at noon ET.
In 1997, the U.S. Mint introduced .9995 fine Platinum Eagles in investor bullion and collector proof editions. Both types shared common designs until 1998 when the proof started its run of annually changing reverses. This year’s anniversary edition departs from tradition by once again featuring the original 1997 designs.
If recent history is any indication, demand will be strong for the 1-ounce platinum coin. Its mintage is 10,000 with an initial household order limit of one. Last year’s piece had the same limits and sold out within an hour of launching. The coin from 2015 had a much lower mintage of 4,000 and attained sell-out status in seven minutes.
2017 Platinum Eagle Designs
The obverse (heads side) offers John Mercanti’s "Portrait of Liberty" design that showcases a modern interpretation of the Statue of Liberty. It has appeared on obverses since the series introduction. Inscriptions surrounding the portrait are "LIBERTY," "2017," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and JM for the artist’s initials.
On the reverse (tails side) is Thomas D. Rogers’ depiction of an eagle soaring above America, last used in 1997. Inscriptions include $100," "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," ".9995 PLATINUM 1 OZ.," a "W" mintmark that denotes its production at the West Point Mint, and TDR for the artist’s initials.
|Diameter||1.287 inches (32.70 mm)|
|Weight||1.0005 troy oz. (31.120 grams)|
|Thickness||0.094 inch (2.39 mm)|
|Mint and Mint Mark||West Point – W|
|Obverse Design||John Mercanti|
|Reverse Design||Thomas D. Rogers|
Price and Ordering
Initial pricing is $1,300.00, which is $50 less than last year’s coin and based on platinum’s current average within $900 to $949.99 an ounce. If it does not sell-out, the price can change weekly based on the U.S. Mint’s pricing matrix and the platinum market.
When released, order the proof 2017 20th Anniversary Platinum Eagle from the U.S. Mint via its American Eagle product page or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Each coin is encapsulated and packaged in a custom–designed lacquered presentation case. A 20th anniversary Certificate of Authenticity is also included.