U.S. Mint working to get planchets for Proof 2015 platinum American Eagles

Inability to do so could further delay output of both collector and investor coins
By , Coin World
Published : 09/18/15
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While final designs have been approved for the reverses of the Proof 2015 and 2016 American Eagle platinum $100 coins, it is possible that 2015 production of both the Proof collector coins and investor bullion coins could be delayed if sufficient planchets can’t be secured.

No release date has been announced for either the Proof 2015 coin or the bullion version struck for investors.

“The Mint has a clear commitment to manufacturing and offering quality products,” Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications, told Coin World Sept. 18. “This commitment will not, and cannot, be compromised.

“We must also ensure we have a good supply of platinum to meet anticipated demand."

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The approved reverse designs for the Proof 2015 and 2016 American Eagle 1-ounce platinum coins were released by the U.S. Mint on Sept. 18.

Approved designs for Proof coins

The designs given final approval Nov. 26, 2014, by Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, acting on behalf of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, incorporate modifications suggested when the designs received the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee's recommendations at its Sept. 24, 2014, meeting.

The 2015 and 2016 designs will bear designs emblematic of the Mint’s two-year Torches of Freedom program. The coins feature depictions of Lady Liberty with a torch symbolizing freedom.

At its Sept, 18, 2014, meeting, the Commission of Fine Arts had recommended designs depicting eagles. Those designs were not selected by Treasury.

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