Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof, Coin from United States - detailed information

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 half 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 Half Ounce is denominated with a face value of $50, but the intrinsic value of the metal is significantly higher.

After the first year of issue, there were two versions of the coin issued annually: bullion with the "definitive" soaring eagle reverse, and a proof with a different design every year.

This design is the third in the three-year Branches of Government Series dedicated to the three branches of U.S. government, and is dedicated to the Judicial Branch.

The judicial branch decides the constitutionality of federal laws and resolves other disputes about federal laws. However, judges depend on our government's executive branch to enforce court decisions. Courts decide what really happened and what should be done about it.

Information about: Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof, Coin from United States
MintWest Point Mint Mint MarkLetter W Total Mintage6,273
Obverse
United States / Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof - 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: 2008. 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 2008 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Reverse
United States / Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts "Lady Justice" watched over by an American bald eagle. Justice is shown as a walking female figure, robed and blindfolded, raising the "scales of justice" with her right hand and holding a short sword in her left hand. The eagle is behind her, perched on a pedestal, with outstretched wings.

The designer's initials JI (for Joel Iskowitz,) are on the left side of the base of the pedestal; the sculptor's initials CLV (for Charles L. Vickers) are on the right side of the base of the pedestal. The W mint mark of the West Point Mint is below left.

Around above, the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

The face value $50 (fifty U.S. dollars) is below right.

Below left, 1/2 oz. (one half of a troy ounce); around below, the precious metal content: .9995 PLATINUM (99.95% platinum).

Reverse Inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA $50 1/2 oz. .9995 PLATINUM
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof (4,020 coins) or burnished uncirculated (2,253).

The 2008-W platinum proof half ounce was issued individually boxed in a black velvet booklet-style folder with a Certificate of Authenticity, or in a four-coin set.

This is the last year when platinum half-ounce American Eagles were issued (even though Krause lists a 2009 half ounce under KM# 462). All fractional denominations were discontinued after 2008, leaving only the platinum ounce to be issued in subsequent years.

Included in Set
2008 American Eagle Platinum Proof Four-Coin Set, mintage unknown
4 coins: 2008-W 1 oz Platinum, 2008-W 1/2 oz Platinum, 2008-W 1/4 oz Platinum, 2008-W 1/10 oz Platinum
Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Known varieties
Variety Burnished Finish
Images United States / Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof / Burnished Finish - obverse photo United States / Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof / Burnished Finish - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 2,253 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin with a "burnished" (smooth) finish. Issued in protective capsule and box with a Certificate of Authenticity, or in a four-coin set.

In Set 2008 American Eagle Platinum Uncirculated Four-Coin Set, mintage unknown
4 coins: 2008-W 1 oz Platinum, 2008-W 1/2 oz Platinum, 2008-W 1/4 oz Platinum, 2008-W 1/10 oz Platinum
All (23) coins of type: Platinum Half Ounce - American Eagle
Coin NameMintageLegend
Platinum Half Ounce 1997 American Eagle 35,931 LIBERTY 1997 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 1998 American Eagle, Bullion 32,415 LIBERTY 1998 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 1998 American Eagle, Proof 13,836 LIBERTY 1998 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 1999 American Eagle, Bullion 32,309 LIBERTY 1999 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 1999 American Eagle, Proof 11,103 LIBERTY 1999 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2000 American Eagle, Bullion 18,892 LIBERTY 2000 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2000 American Eagle, Proof 11,049 LIBERTY 2000 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2001 American Eagle, Bullion 12,815 LIBERTY 2001 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2001 American Eagle, Proof 8,254 LIBERTY 2001 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2002 American Eagle, Bullion 24,005 LIBERTY 2002 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2002 American Eagle, Proof 8,772 LIBERTY 2002 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2003 American Eagle, Bullion 17,409 LIBERTY 2003 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2003 American Eagle, Proof 7,131 LIBERTY 2003 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2004 American Eagle, Bullion 13,236 LIBERTY 2004 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2004 American Eagle, Proof 5,063 LIBERTY 2004 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2005 American Eagle, Bullion 9,013 LIBERTY 2005 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2005 American Eagle, Proof 5,942 LIBERTY 2005 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2006 American Eagle, Bullion 9,602 LIBERTY 2006 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2006 American Eagle, Proof 14,650 LIBERTY 2006 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2007 American Eagle, Bullion 7,001 LIBERTY 2007 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2007 American Eagle, Proof 48,737 LIBERTY 2007 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Bullion 14,000 LIBERTY 2008 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof 6,273 LIBERTY 2008 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
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Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Coin TypePlatinum Half Ounce - American Eagle
Issued2008
SymbolStatue of Liberty Bust
ReverseAmerican Eagle
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage6,273
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerJoel Iskowitz, Charles L. Vickers, John M. Mercanti
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size27.0000 mm
Thickness1.7500 mm
Mass15.5600 g
OCC IDYRVP-OVRC-MBDK-ODQG
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Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photos
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Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photo 2008-W 1/2 oz Proof American Platinum Eagle / thumbnail 2008-W 1/2 oz Proof American Platinum Eagle
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Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photo 2008-W 1/2 oz Proof American Platinum Eagle / thumbnail 2008-W 1/2 oz Proof American Platinum Eagle
Copyright: APMEX
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Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photo 2008-W 1/2 oz Proof American Platinum Eagle / thumbnail 2008-W 1/2 oz Proof American Platinum Eagle
Copyright: APMEX
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Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photo 2008-W 1/2 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle / thumbnail 2008-W 1/2 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle
Copyright: APMEX
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Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photo 2008-W 1/2 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle / thumbnail 2008-W 1/2 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle
Copyright: APMEX
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Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photo 2008-W 1/2 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle / thumbnail 2008-W 1/2 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle
Copyright: APMEX
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Platinum Half Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsUnited States KM# 436