Platinum Tenth-Ounce - American Eagle, Coin Type from United States - detailed information

Platinum Tenth-Ounce - American Eagle, Coin Type from United States (issued 1997 - 2008)
Coin TypePlatinum Tenth-Ounce - American Eagle

The American Platinum Eagle is the official platinum bullion coin of the United States. The coins were initially released by the United States Mint in several sizes and denominations - including the tenth-ounce, but in late 2008 the fractional denominations were discontinued leaving only the one ounce. The Platinum Eagle is authorised by the United States Congress, and is backed by the United States Mint for weight, content, and purity. The Platinum Tenth-Ounce is denominated with a face value of $10, but the intrinsic value of the metal is significantly higher.

The proof American Platinum Eagles are unique in the fact that they are the only U.S. bullion coins that have a yearly alternating design. Bullion versions are minted with the same design every year. While minted, the uncirculated Platinum Eagles matched the proof designs and were struck on burnished coin blanks with a "W" mint mark signifying West Point, further distinguishing them from the bullion versions.

Obverse
United States / Platinum Tenth-Ounce - American Eagle - obverse photo

Within a plain rim, the obverse of the coin shows the close-up bust of the Statue of Liberty. Around above in large letters, the word LIBERTY is partly obscured by the rays of Liberty's diadem.

In the right field, the date of issue: [year]. On three lines below that, the national motto IN GOD WE TRUST.

The designer's monogram JM, for John M. Mercanti, is above Liberty's shoulder on the left.

Around below left, the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM; translated from Latin, it means "Out of many, one" and signifies unity in diversity.

Obverse Inscription LIBERTY [year] IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Reverse
United States / Platinum Tenth-Ounce - American Eagle - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts an American eagle with outstretched wings soaring in the sky; behind, a sunrise, with the Sun's rays radiating behind the eagle.

On two lines above, the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

On three lines in the right field, the precious metal content: .9995 PLATINUM 1/10 oz. (one tenth of a troy ounce of 99.95% platinum).

In the exergue, the face value $10 (ten U.S. dollars).

In small letters near the rim around below right, the designer's initials TDR (for Thomas D. Rogers).

Reverse Inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA .9995 PLATINUM 1/10 oz. $10
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Platinum Tenth-Ounce - American Eagle: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
From1997
To2008
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size16.5000 mm
Thickness0.9500 mm
Mass3.1100 g