2020-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Images Unveiled

by Mike Unser on January 16, 2020 · 8 comments

The United States Mint published images for the 2020-W Proof American Platinum Eagle – Pursuit of Happiness, the final of three 99.95% fine 1 oz. platinum coins from its themed Preamble to the Declaration of Independence series. The collectible will launch on Jan. 30, two weeks from today.

2020-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin, Case, Cert

U.S. Mint product images for the 2020-W Proof American Platinum Eagle – Pursuit of Happiness

Coins in the three-year series feature unique obverse (heads) designs coupled with a common reverse (tails). Obverses celebrate the three tenets in the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence – LifeLiberty and Happiness.

Photo of 2018-W Proof American Platinum Eagle - Obverse, Life

A CoinNews photos of a 2018-W Proof American Platinum Eagle which personifies “Life”


Photo of a 2019-W Proof American Platinum Eagle - Obverse

A CoinNews photos of a 2019-W Proof American Platinum Eagle which personifies “Liberty”

This year’s Pursuit of Happiness design, as described by the U.S. Mint, depicts:

"Lady Liberty harvesting the fruits of her labor with a young girl at play nearby. The overflowing cornucopia she carries is a symbol of the physical, intellectual, and spiritual bounty only liberty makes possible – the good things that nourish the body, enliven the mind, and satisfy the soul. The home, orchard, and silo represent American hopes, values, and aspirations and bring to a close the narrative told throughout the backgrounds of the series – from furrowed earth, to prairies and mountains, and finally to an agrarian field. The stubble field alludes to the ingenuity and exertion required to claim liberty’s promise."

The inscription "Happiness," a facsimile of the handwritten word from the Declaration of Independence, includes the long "s," a letterform which was typical of its time but is no longer in common use. Other inscriptions include "IN GOD WE TRUST," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "2020," "LIBERTY" and the artists’ initials of "JK and "MG."

2020-W Proof American Platinum Eagle - Obverse Image

2020-W Proof American Platinum Eagle – Obverse Image

Justin Kunz created all three 2018-2020 obverse designs for the themed series. Michael Gaudioso executed the sculpting for the 2020 obverse.

The coins’ common reverse shows an eagle in flight with an olive branch in its talons. It was designed by Patricia Lucas-Morris and sculpted by Don Everhart.

Photo of 2018-W Proof American Platinum Eagle - Reverse, Eagle

This photo shows the 2018-W Proof Platinum Eagle (reverse) in its protective capsule with the reverse eagle-in-flight design. This same design is also on the 2019- and 2020-dated coins.

Reverse inscriptions read: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "1 OZ.," ".9995 PLATINUM," "$100," "W" and the artists’ initials of "PLM" and "DE." The ‘W’ indicates the coin is produced at the U.S. Mint’s facility in West Point.

The U.S. Mint will begin selling the 2020-W Proof American Platinum Eagle on Jan. 30 at noon EST. The 2018- and 2019-dated editions are still available for $1,370 apiece. To order those, visit the Mint’s online catalog for platinum coins.

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Christopher Williams

I don’t understand why the “2018” and “2019” releases are still available.

chuck

Price, lack of interest (why they cut max from 15k to 13k this year), to make $, so they do not have to melt or lose them like the Madison Spouse or eagles they found and sold at discounts to dealers later. Perhaps just to tick us off.

Brian

I’m looking forward to the 5 freedoms series with the tree theme that starts next year.

Chris

Did not like any of the three images. Lack of interest for sure. Just like the 2019 gold high relief liberty which is still available.

J Peter

I can’t put my finger on it except there is something about the artwork of these designs.
The images come off looking cartoonish?, amateur?
I am no artist, but it’s like the artists are going for a look from the 20’s or teens, but it’s coming off badly.
That’s just my opinion. Maybe they look better in hand on the finished product?

Lee

Because of the price maybe ????

Chas Barber

Price & the poor designs = no market, no sales & no leg$ in the aftermarket. The designer makes a real funky looking “Liberty” – not in a good way goo goo eyes, etc….

Joe

Platinum spot price today is about $969.

And the Mint is charging $1,545 FOR THE 2020 PREAMBLE COIN TODAY !!!

That excessive overcharging is why those platinum coins are NOT SELLING !!

And that is also why there are PLENTY OF 2018 AND 2019 PLATINUM COINS STILL AVAILABLE !!