The American Eagle coin program is one of the most popular in the world. In total, the series consists of silver, gold, and platinum bullion coins. While the gold and silver coins are world renowned, the American Platinum Eagle is less popular around the globe.
The American Platinum Eagle coin is the official platinum bullion coin of the United States government. The federal government backs the purity, weight, and metal content of each and every Platinum Eagle produced by the United States Mint. The coins in this program were first introduced in 1997 and feature the same image on the obverse and reverse side of the coin each year, but only in the bullion program. Interestingly, the proof coins in the series feature different images on the reverse side each year.
John Mercanti, the US Mint chief engraver responsible for the reverse design of the American Silver Eagle coin, designed the obverse image used on the American Platinum Eagle coin. His image focuses on the head of the Statue of Liberty, with her gaze fixed in the distance. The word LIBERTY is stretched along the top of the coin and accompanied by the engravings of the year of minting and the phrase In God We Trust.
The United States Mint produces American Platinum Eagle coins at its Philadelphia Mint and West Point Mint facilities. Mint marks are included on the reverse side of each coin, but the position varies from year to year.