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Significant examples

$50 American Eagle Platinum Bullion 1986-Present
$50 American Eagle Platinum Bullion US Coins

The $50 Platinum Eagle boast extremely low mintages with the low mint state year as 2007 at 7,001 and the highest mintage mint state year is 1998 at 32,415. The proofs are even lower in mintages with only 4,020 minted for 2008-W Proofs and then you have three Burnished years of 2006-W, 2007-W and 2008-W with mintages even lower than the proofs. Also there's a 2007-W $50 Platinum Eagle with Frosted FREEDOM type with a mintage of only 21!

The goal for the most serious collectors is finding what is called condition grades and that's coins that grade MS70. MS70 is the highest grade a coin can get and a $50 Platinum Eagle dated 2001 sold for $11,000 and any date grade this high will realize five figure premiums. The coins must bhe graded by PCGS to realize such high premiums and not every date and denomination will sell for the same price even if they're all graded MS70.

The US Platinum Coins begin their mintage in the year 1997 and consist of .9995% platinum and unlike its counterpart, the American Gold Eagle, the Platinum Eagle is minted in the denominations of $10, $25, $50 and $100. This makes the $100 Platinum Eagle the highest denomination of any US Coin in US history.

As are all US Bullion Coins, the Platinum Eagles are the only bullion coins in the world that our guaranteed for their weight, content and purity and are the most purchased bullion coins in the world. This fact makes the Platinum Eagle the most collected platinum bullion coin. All Proof Platinum Bullions coins are minted at the West Point Mint and this is designated by the "W" mint mark, which is located in various locations on the reverse of each coin.

The obverse design features a bust of The Statue of Liberty and the reverse features a flying eagle with Earth and the Sun in the background. Beginning in 1998 the reverse of the proof issues were changed and called "Vistas of Liberty" and consisted of five different design changes spanning 1998-2002: 1998 Eagle Over New England, 1999 Eagle Above Southeastern Wetlands, 2000 Eagles Above America's Heartland, 2001 Eagle Above America's Southwest, 2002 Eagle Fishing in America's Northwest.

In 2003, a new design for the proof reverse were was chosen, and a new reverse design has been selected each year to date. The first year, 1997, was the only year that the proof and business strike Platinum Eagle had the same reverse design.
1998 Reverse
1999 Reverse
2000 Reverse
2001 Reverse
2002 Reverse
Vistas Of America Series
Date
Mintage
UNC.
PF
1997
20,500
$995

1997-W
15,432

$1,145
1998
32,419
$995

1998-W
13,836

$1,134
1999
32,309
$995

1999-W
11,103

$1,134
2000
18,892
$995

2000-W
11,049

$1,134
2001
12,815
$995

2001-W
8,254

$1,134
2002
24,005
$995

2002-W
8,772

$1,134
2003
17,409
$995

2003-W
7,131

$1,134
2004
13,236
$995

2004-W
5,063

$1,700
2005
9,013
$995

2005-W
5,942

  $1,134
2006
9,602
$497

2006-W
7,649

$1,134
2006-W Burnished
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$1,098

2007
7,001
$995

2007-W
22,873

$1,134
2007-W Burnished
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$1,098

2007W Rev. PR
16,937

$950
2008
14,000
$995

2008 Burnished
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$1,200

2008-W
22,873

$1,185
2009
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$995

2009
3,600

$950
2010
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$950

2010-W
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$950
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