Made available to the public in 1997, by the U. S. Mint was the American Platinum Eagles, the official coin of the United States. The coin contains. 9995 platinum. The sizes for sale include 1/10, 1/4, 1/2 and 1 troy ounce. Backed the by U. S. Mint, Congress also sanctioned the coin.
Coin collectors can buy uncirculated coins called proof coins. The proof coins have graphics that change each year.
In 1986, Augustus Saint-Gaudens depiction of Liberty was chosen to be the design to appear on the coin. His design was originally used in 1907 on the $20 gold piece and remained in use until 1933. American Eagle Silver Coins are manufactured and sold in proof and bullion. The coins have always depicted a version of Adolph A. Weinman's glorious Walking Liberty motif. The motif was created for use on the Nation's first half dollar in 1916.
The drawing available from 1998 til 2002 was Vistas of Liberty. A bald eagle is pictured on the coins regardless of the changing of the other side every year. The branches of government were depicted from 2006 through 2008 with the Foundations of Democracy. Every denomination has a yearly graphic. The American Platinum Eagle coins are the only coins that have changing designs with each new year.
The United States Mint offers proof styles of the coins for collectors. These coins go through a special process when being minted that starts with feeding empty coins into presses that contain special stains. The coin is then struck several times so the glazed, featured images appear to hover over a mirror-like area. Inspectors then seal these coins in a protective covering and mount them in special presentation cases with their own official Certificate of Authenticity. Because all these coins are manufactured by the U. S. Mint all of them are guaranteed to be the same.
The United States Mint decided to add another American Eagle family to the coin collection in 2006. These are the uncirculated coins.
The uncirculated coins come in one size only, one troy ounce. All the other American Eagle Uncirculated Coins can be purchased in different sizes.
These coins are put through the exact same process as proof coins are but, they are stamped with a W. The W shows that the coin was minted at the West Point location.
These coins have their good and bad sides to them. They can be placed in IRA accounts because they are considered commodities due to their metal content. Rare coins are not normally allowed to be placed in investment accounts, but because they are valued on the metal content, collector coins themselves are not expected to increase in value.
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Gerald Hampton writes articles for coin collectors and investors, helping them find information on third-party graded Platinum Eagles, including hard to find NGC Certified Platinum Eagles along with PCGS Certified Platinum Eagles.
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