The U.S. Mint
sold nearly 77 percent of the maximum mintage of 10,000 Proof 2017-W American Eagle platinum $100 coins
during the first week of sales, which began at noon ET July 6.
Through July 13, sales reached 7,695 coins at $1,300 per coin,
according to U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White.
Mint officials report that 5,230 coins were sold opening day July 6.
The initial ordering restriction of one coin per household imposed
July 6 was lifted just before noon July 10, according to White.
The 2017 issue celebrates the 20th anniversary of the American Eagle
platinum coin series.
The anniversary coin witnesses the return to the Proof coin of U.S.
Mint Sculptor-Engraver Thomas D. Rogers Sr.’s Soaring Eagle Above
America design. The design was introduced on the reverse of the Proof
and bullion American Eagle coins in 1997. Beginning in 1998, thematic
designs annually replaced each consecutive reverse design for the
Proof coins in the program. Meanwhile, Rogers’ design has held its
place on the bullion version of the platinum coins.
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Sales of the 2017 edition have been slower than for the 2016
edition, which had a distinctive one-year reverse design; the 2016-W
American Eagle platinum coin, also with a mintage of 10,000 pieces,
sold out in approximately 56 minutes at a price of $1,350 per coin.
The 2015-W coin also sold out immediately, but it had a mintage of
just 4,000 pieces and was priced at $1,200 per coin.
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An Uncirculated American Eagle 1-ounce platinum version was
introduced in 2006 with the same reverse design as found on the
regular bullion versions.
Rogers and Mercanti are now retired from the Mint’s engraving staff.
The $1,300-per-coin price was still in effect July 13.
The price is established according to the U.S. Mint’s pricing grid for numismatic products coins
containing precious metals coins. Pricing is subject to change weekly
depending on trends in the markets.