The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) recently reviewed design candidates for the collector version of the 2010 American Platinum Eagle. This coin will be the second release in a six year series exploring the core concepts of American democracy as stated in the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.
The 2010 Platinum Eagle reverse design will depict the principle “To Establish Justice” as inspired by a narrative prepared by John G. Roberts, Jr., the Chief Justice of the United States. The obverse design will feature a rendition of the Statue of Liberty designed by John Mercanti that has been used for all versions of the American Platinum Eagle issued since the coin’s debut in 1997.
The United States Mint provided the CFA and CCAC with nine different reverse design candidates. Six of the candidates feature a blindfolded Justice holding the scales and sometimes surrounded by allegorical symbols or people. Another design depicts the Statue of Liberty’s torch. Two final designs feature the Supreme Court building’s western pediment, which which includes figures of Liberty, Order, and Authority, and the building’s west front doors with panels depicting the development of law.
The CFA reviewed the design candidates at a meeting held on March 18, 2010. They recommended the design which features the depiction of a symbolic torch (AEP-R-08). In their letter to the Director of the United States Mint, the Commission explained their choice, “This design without an allegorical human figure of Justice would be preferable in combination with the figure of Liberty on the obverse.” The CFA did recommend that the position of the text across the torch “Justice the Guardian of Liberty” should be restudied and possibly moved to flank the central image.
The CCAC reviewed the proposed designs at their March 23, 2010 meeting. The Committee supported a design featuring a blindfolded Justice holding scales and a laurel branch (AEP-R-01). They did offer some recommendations for revisions to certain aspects of the design. They recommended that the inscription “Justice, the Guardian of Liberty” should be changed to “To Establish Justice”. They also unanimously recommended that Justice should hold the scale by a loop above the beam to make the depiction mechanically correct.
The final design decision will be made by the United States Secretary of the Treasury.
The 2010 Proof Platinum Eagle will be issued in one ounce size only and is tentatively scheduled for release in August 2010. The pricing for the coin will be determined based on the average price of platinum during a one week period leading up to the release date.
Last year, the one ounce 2009 Proof Platinum Eagle went on sale December 3, 2009 priced at $1,792 and sold out after just one week. The one ounce platinum coin was packaged within the center of a tri-fold binder, with one side displaying the narrative by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the other side containing a certificate of authenticity and coin specifications.
The design candidates for the collector version 2010 American Platinum Eagle appear below.