Sales of the U.S. Mint’s Proof 2012-W American Eagle platinum $100
bullion coin commence at noon Eastern Time Aug. 9.
The Proof 2012-W American Eagle platinum coin, composed of one
ounce of .9995 fine platinum, is the fourth in a series of six coins
featured in the “Preamble Series” program.
The 2012 platinum coin’s reverse design is emblematic of the theme
“To Provide for the Common Defence.” According to the Mint, the
reverse depicts “a vigilant minuteman from the Revolutionary War,
representing the protection and defense of the country during its
early days. The minuteman carries a rifle and a book, which symbolizes
the importance of knowledge in defending our Nation.”
Inscriptions on the coin include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 OZ.,
.9995 PLATINUM and $100.
The reverse design also features an American Eagle privy mark from
an original “coin punch” identified at the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia.
The coin, struck at the West Point Mint, bears the W Mint mark of
The 2012 platinum reverse was designed by Mint Artistic Infusion
Program Associate Designer Barbara Fox. It was sculptured by Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.
The coin’s obverse was designed and sculptured by former Mint
Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti. It features a portrayal of the Statue
of Liberty, described as a symbol of vigilance and resolute
faithfulness to duty.
The Preamble Series program, first launched in 2009, commemorates
the core concepts of American democracy by recognizing the six
principles contained within the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
The reverse designs are inspired by narratives prepared by the
chief justice of the United States at the request of the Mint.
Previously released coins issued from 2009 to 2011 feature themes
symbolic of “To Form a More Perfect Union,” “To Establish Justice” and
“To Insure Domestic Tranquility.”
The themes “To Promote the General Welfare” and “To Secure the
Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity” will be featured
on the reverse of American Eagle platinum coins in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Mintage of the 2012 coin is limited to 15,000 pieces. The coin’s
price will be based on the Mint’s policy for numismatic products
containing precious metals.
As of Aug. 2, the spot price of platinum was approximately $1,390
per ounce. If the spot price on Aug. 9 remains within the range of
$1,350 to $1,449.99, the 2012 American Eagle platinum coin will be
priced at $1,692.
Current pricing information can be accessed online at http://catalog.usmint.gov.
Orders will be accepted via the United States Mint website at www.usmint.gov/catalog or by
telephone at 800-872-6468.
Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order by telephone at 888-321-6468.
A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders.
Orders are limited to five coins per household during the first
week of the product’s release. At the end of that week, however, the
Mint will reevaluate the five-coin limit and determine whether to
extend, adjust or remove the limit. ■