2013 American Platinum Eagles

The 2013 American Platinum Eagles are part of the US Mint's Platinum Eagle program which made its debut in 1997. The series of coins was authorized by Congress with the passage of Public Law 104-208.

American Platinum Eagle (2012 Proof Coin Shown)

American Platinum Eagle (2012 Proof Coin Shown)

Each Platinum Eagle is struck from one ounce of .9995 pure platinum. The coins have appeared in different qualities since their debut including bullion, proof and reverse proof.

"All American Eagles are legal tender coins, with their face value imprinted in U.S. dollars," indicates the US Mint on the product page of the Platinum Eagle. "Although their face value is largely symbolic, it provides proof of their authenticity as official U.S. coinage. The one-ounce platinum coin displays the highest face value ($100) ever to appear on a U.S. coin."

Bullion Platinum Eagles were never required to be struck to meet public demand, as Gold Eagles and the Silver Eagles were. This caused some issues for collectors and investors in 2009 when the production of bullion Platinum Eagles was cancelled. That cancellation remained in effect the following years as well.

Despite the bullion cancellation, the US Mint has diligently released Platinum Eagle Proof Coins annually with a six-year series making its debut in 2009. The series is based on the six principles found in the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States and is scheduled to run through 2014.

Those six principles featured on the reverse of the Proof Platinum Eagles include:

  • 2009 - To Form a More Perfect Union
  • 2010 - To Establish Justice
  • 2011 - To Insure Domestic Tranquility
  • 2012 - To Provide for the Common Defence
  • 2013 - To Promote the General Welfare
  • 2014 - To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity

As shown above, the theme of the reverse of the 2013 Proof Platinum Eagle will be "To Promote the General Welfare."

Platinum Proof Eagles are struck at the US Mint's facility in West Point. As such, a 'W' mintmark can be found on each coin.

Platinum Eagle Design

John Mercanti designed the obverse image of the Platinum Eagles showing an image of the Statue of Liberty looking towards the future. Obverse inscriptions include "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST" and the year of minting.

The design found on the reverse of the 2013 Proof Platinum Eagle will be emblematic of the theme "To Promote the General Welfare" taken from one of the six principles found in the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States. Reverse inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "1 OZ .9995 PLATINUM" and "$100."

American Platinum Eagle Specifications

Mintmark: W for Proof, None for bullion
Composition: 99.95% platinum
Weight and Diameter: Depends on denomination
Date of Issue: 2013
Mintages: Based on Demand
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: John Mercanti
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: tba

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