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Platinum Eagles on Sale
By Numismatic News
June 21, 2013

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The 2013 proof platinum American Eagle coin will be offered for sale to collectors July 18 by the U.S. Mint.

The coin is the fifth design in a six-year series that commemorates principles enumerated in the preamble of the U.S. Constitution.

Theme this year is “To Promote the General Welfare."

The one-ounce proof coin will feature a design emblematic of this theme on the reverse while the obverse will continue to depict the Statue of Liberty.

Sales of last year’s design have reached a total of 9,530 coins. A maximum of 15,000 had been established at the beginning of sales Aug. 9, 2012.

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Face value of the coin is $100.

The possibility of resumption of striking bullion coin versions of the $100 one-ounce platinum coins has been raised, but there is no definitive word so far.

Production of platinum bullion coins were stopped after the 2008 issue because the Mint concentrated its resources in attempting to fulfill demand for gold and silver bullion American Eagles, which it was mandated to do by law.

There is no legal mandate to strike platinum bullion coins, that is why the secretary of the Treasury could terminate the series at his discretion. He can also restart it at his discretion.

There are no gaps in production of the proof collector version of the one-ounce coin.

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