I read Coin World and collect silver American Eagles. I was reading
John Mercanti’s book, American Silver Eagles. In the book, Mercanti
says that the 1997 Impressions of Liberty set has no Mint mark. I am
looking to buy this set, but see some of the platinum coins have “P”
or “W” in the set. I know something is wrong with this picture. I know
the W is wrong, but not sure about the “P.”
What Mint mark should I look for on each coin in this Proof set?
The three-piece Impressions of Liberty coin set, which includes an
example of the Mint’s inaugural Proof American Eagle 1-ounce platinum
coin, was offered beginning on June 6, 1997.
The set was sold at $1,499 per set and limited to a release of
The coins were housed in a special hardwood case, with each coin
resting in a hard plastic capsule. Each set was accompanied by a
certificate of authenticity that Philip N. Diehl, director of the U.S.
Mint, signed and numbered.
The cited reference is in error about the American Eagle coins in
the set bearing no Mint mark. All three pieces in the set bear a Mint
mark, as do all Proof American Eagles of all compositions, dates and
Mints of origin.
The set contains a 1-ounce, .9995 platinum Proof 1997-W American
Eagle struck at the West Point Mint and bearing the W Mint mark; a
1-ounce, .9167 fine gold Proof 1997-W American Eagle struck at the
West Point Mint and bearing the W Mint mark; and a 1-ounce, .999 fine
silver 1999-P American Eagle struck at the Philadelphia Mint and
bearing the P Mint mark.
All three of the Proof American Eagles in the set were also
available individually, and in addition, the 1-ounce gold and platinum
coins were also available in four-coin sets that included the
fractional versions of the coins.
U.S. Mint officials reported June 27, 1997, that sufficient orders
had been received to exhaust the maximum release of 5,000 Impressions
of Liberty sets. Mint officials claimed at the time that, had the
ordering restriction of one set per household not been in place, the
sellout would have been much sooner.
Buyers of the set who have held them since their original purchase
could profit nicely if they were to sell them today, as the set
retails currently at higher levels. A set sold on eBay in November
2013 for about $5,222 (the set was offered by an Australian seller).
GreatCollections.com sold a set in March 2013 for $3,666.66.
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