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

Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof, Coin from United States
CoinPlatinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof

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 quarter 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 Quarter Ounce is denominated with a face value of $25, 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.

MintWest Point Mint Mint MarkLetter W Total Mintage6,634
Obverse
United States / Platinum Quarter 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 Quarter 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 $25 (twenty-five U.S. dollars) is below right.

Below left, 1/4 oz. (one quarter of a troy ounce); around below, the precious metal content: .9995 PLATINUM (99.95% platinum).

Reverse Inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA $25 1/4 oz. .9995 PLATINUM
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof (4,153 coins) or burnished uncirculated (2,481).

The 2008-W platinum proof quarter 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 quarter-ounce American Eagles were issued (even though Krause lists a 2009 quarter ounce under KM# 461). 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 Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Known varieties
Variety Burnished Finish
Images United States / Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof / Burnished Finish - obverse photo United States / Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof / Burnished Finish - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 2,481 (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 Quarter Ounce - American Eagle
Coin NameMintageLegend
Platinum Quarter Ounce 1997 American Eagle 45,728 LIBERTY 1997 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 1998 American Eagle, Bullion 38,887 LIBERTY 1998 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 1998 American Eagle, Proof 14,873 LIBERTY 1998 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 1999 American Eagle, Bullion 39,734 LIBERTY 1999 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 1999 American Eagle, Proof 13,507 LIBERTY 1999 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2000 American Eagle, Bullion 20,054 LIBERTY 2000 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2000 American Eagle, Proof 11,995 LIBERTY 2000 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2001 American Eagle, Bullion 21,815 LIBERTY 2001 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2001 American Eagle, Proof 8,847 LIBERTY 2001 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2002 American Eagle, Bullion 27,405 LIBERTY 2002 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2002 American Eagle, Proof 9,282 LIBERTY 2002 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2003 American Eagle, Bullion 25,207 LIBERTY 2003 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2003 American Eagle, Proof 7,044 LIBERTY 2003 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2004 American Eagle, Bullion 18,010 LIBERTY 2004 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2004 American Eagle, Proof 5,193 LIBERTY 2004 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2005 American Eagle, Bullion 12,013 LIBERTY 2005 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2005 American Eagle, Proof 6,592 LIBERTY 2005 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2006 American Eagle, Bullion 12,001 LIBERTY 2006 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2006 American Eagle, Proof 10,489 LIBERTY 2006 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2007 American Eagle, Bullion 8,402 LIBERTY 2007 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2007 American Eagle, Proof 9,707 LIBERTY 2007 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Bullion 22,800 LIBERTY 2008 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof 6,634 LIBERTY 2008 IN GOD WE TRUST E PLURIBUS UNUM
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Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Coin TypePlatinum Quarter Ounce - American Eagle
Issued2008
SymbolStatue of Liberty Bust
ReverseAmerican Eagle
Face Value25 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage6,634
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerJoel Iskowitz, Charles L. Vickers, John M. Mercanti
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size22.0000 mm
Thickness1.3200 mm
Mass7.7800 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-ZJYM-OMPX
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Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photos
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Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photo 2008-W 1/4 oz Proof American Platinum Eagle / thumbnail 2008-W 1/4 oz Proof American Platinum Eagle
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Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photo 2008-W 1/4 oz Proof American Platinum Eagle / thumbnail 2008-W 1/4 oz Proof American Platinum Eagle
Copyright: APMEX
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Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photo 2008-W 1/4 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle / thumbnail 2008-W 1/4 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle
Copyright: APMEX
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Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photo 2008-W 1/4 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle / thumbnail 2008-W 1/4 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle
Copyright: APMEX
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Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Photo 2008-W 1/4 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle / thumbnail 2008-W 1/4 oz Burnished American Platinum Eagle
Copyright: APMEX
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Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 American Eagle, Proof: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsUnited States KM# 435