2021-W Proof American Platinum Eagle Depicts Freedom of Religion

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From a line of precious metal coins dating back to 1997, the United States Mint introduced a new themed-series with today’s release of the 2021-W First Amendment to the United States Constitution Platinum Proof Coin — Freedom of Religion.

US Mint Product Images of 2021-W Proof American Platinum Eagle
U.S. Mint product images of the 2021-W Proof American Platinum Eagle

Like previous strikes from the program of proof American Platinum Eagles, each 1-ounce coin is 99.95% platinum with a $100 face value.

The new product is the first in a five-year series continuing through 2025 with obverse (heads side) designs reflecting the five freedoms in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution — Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to Peaceably Assemble, and Freedom to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances.

"This series uses the lifecycle of the oak tree from seedling to a mighty oak as a metaphor for our country’s growth as a nation that values freedom," the Mint describes. "Liberty grows to a thing of strength and beauty from a seed — our Bill of Rights. Each of the freedoms enumerated in the First Amendment contributes to the growth and development of the Nation."

Specifically, obverses for the five-coins depict:

  • 2021: A seedling and an acorn surrounded by the inscription "WITH FREEDOM OF RELIGION LIBERTY GROWS."

  • 2022: A juvenile oak tree framed with the inscription "WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH LIBERTY BLOSSOMS."

  • 2023: The branch of mature oak tree with acorns amid the inscription "WITH FREEDOM OF THE PRESS LIBERTY BEARS FRUIT."

  • 2024: Several types of oak leaves assembled between the inscription "WITH THE RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE LIBERTY SPREADS."

  • 2025: A mature spreading, impressive oak tree between the inscription "WITH THE RIGHT TO PETITION LIBERTY ENDURES."

All five designs were created by Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna. Also inscribed on the images are "IN GOD WE TRUST," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and their year of minting, for example "2021" for this year’s issue.

2021-2025 First Amendment US Constitution Proof American Platinum Eagle Designs
Designs of the U.S. Mint’s 2021-2025 “First Amendment to the United States Constitution Platinum Proof Coin Series”

Unique designs have had a history with proof American Platinum Eagles. Prior-year issues have showcased various themes like "Vistas of Liberty" and "Foundations of Democracy." The three most recent program coins centered on the "Preamble to the Constitution" with the 2018 "Life" coin, the 2019 "Liberty" coin and the 2020 "Pursuit of Happiness" coin.

First Amendment to the United States Constitution 2021 Platinum Proof Coin - Freedom of Religion - Obverse
2021-W Proof American Platinum Eagle – Obverse With ‘Freedom of Religion’ Design

The 2021-2025 platinum coins share the same reverse (tails side) design as the just mentioned 2018-2020 themed series, depicting an eagle in flight with an olive branch in its talons.

Photo of 2018-W Proof American Platinum Eagle - Reverse, Eagle
This CoinNews photo shows the reverse or tails side of a 2018-W Proof American Platinum Eagle. The design was shared on the 2019- and 2020-dated editions. It is also shared on the collector platinum coins for 2021-2025.

Surrounding reverse inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "$100," "1 OZ.," and ".9995 PLATINUM." The image was designed by Artistic Infusion Program Designer Patricia Lucas-Morris and sculpted by Medallic Artist Don Everhart.

Coin Specifications of Proof American Platinum Eagles

Denomination: $100
Finish: Proof
Composition: 99.95% Platinum
Diameter: 1.287 inches
(32.70 mm)
Weight: 1.0005 troy oz.
(31.120 grams)
Edge: Reeded
Mint and Mint Mark: West Point – W

 

Proof American Platinum Eagles are produced at the U.S. Mint’s facility in West Point. As such, the West Point’s mintmark of "W" is also found on the reverse.

Ordering, Mintage and Limits

The 2021 First Amendment to the United States Constitution Platinum Proof Coin — Freedom of Religion may be ordered directly from the Mint’s catalog of platinum coins.

Initial pricing for the coin is $1,645, based on the Mint’s precious metal product pricing and LBMA platinum averaging within $1,050 to $1,099.99 per ounce.

Mintage is limited to 15,000 with an initial household order limit of 1 coin.

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Jake

Yes, I sure did buy one, and if the price goes down I’ll buy a lot more, and if the price goes up, I’ll buy a little more. I will complete the 2021 set. All you well dwellers can eat my shorts. Ok back to work fighting the cancel culture and my local city Clowncil. Lol

Mark

So how many were sold yesterday?

Jake

A better question would be how many have you bought? HHOL is one for 24 hours I believe.

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Mark

I did by one. Seems there are about 7000 addicted collectors out there that quickly buy one, and the the sales languish until the remaining stock is depleted. Just saw on the mint website that just under 5000 have sold in the first week. A slow year, to be sure, but this may end up being a low production year for that reason, unless they already made all $15k, which means they will be selling this one for years to come.

Jake

Good for you! Yes, however this coin is a part of a bigger set than the last series. Some people apparently I guess may not have the funds needed to make a purchase today but may in the future. I understand keeping something available so people have a chance to collect the complete set. I firmly believe the set mintage for the V75 should have been pre order but some wizard wanted a cool date matching mintage limit, genius only government can buy… Now to be honest I have no idea where the price of platinum goes but I bought… Read more »

Jake

Also I was told I was immature for my age. I thought I resent that, yet I said thank you I resemble that! They were appalled. Lol

Jake

Also I think it’s cool I can watch my collection grow, artistically is an added bonus. Talk about a tight landscape.

cruller1

Yes, V75 eagle sale was disappointing, but I did get a silver eagle V75 after wrestling 30 minutes with the overloaded US Mint webpage. I also have bought up a bunch of Pt eagles over the past years as the price dropped. Platinum is a great metal (10% heavier than gold and almost twice as heavy as palladium), and its price being much lower than gold or palladium is a great reason to stock up. The price seems to be heading upward now, and I see the intro price on the new Pt eagle is now up $50. because of… Read more »

Jake

Dont go crazy. I’m spending disposable income on my sets. Make sure you budget, and you have a good legal job to support your coin collection. Coin looks good to me!

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Big T

This is a really nice coin