The U.S. Mint has announced that the 2015 American Eagle One Ounce Platinum Proof Coin will be released one week from today on Wednesday, December 3.
Until now, information on the release date of this product had been withheld, as the Mint had a difficult time procuring the necessary planchets to move forward with the issue. Additionally, the shortage of platinum planchets may have contributed to the relatively low mintage limit assigned to this coin, of which no more than 4,000 pieces will be struck. The product has also been given the restriction of one unit per household.
The price of the coin is currently listed as $1,250, though that is subject to change in keeping with the fluctuating market value for platinum.
As noted on Mint News Blog, the Mint’s updated product page for this item points out that the coin comes in a presentation case (above) that will allow both the 2015 and 2016 American Eagle Platinum issues to be displayed together as a two-part series. The designs for the 2015 and 2016 Platinum Eagle Proof reverses have been given the theme of “Torches of Freedom,” and will each feature a depiction of Liberty carrying a torch.
The 2015 reverse design was created by Joel Iskowitz and depicts Liberty approaching a bald eagle to illustrate the idea expressed by the design’s title, “Liberty Nurtures Freedom.” Phebe Hemphill served as the sculptor. Inscribed on this side is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 oz. .9995 PLATINUM, the West Point Mint’s “W” mint mark, and the coin’s $100 denomination.
The coin’s obverse features John Mercanti’s rendering of Liberty, first introduced on Platinum Eagles in 1997. Inscribed amidst the design is LIBERTY, E PLURIBUS UNUM, IN GOD WE TRUST, and 2015.