Investing in platinum is a challenging and demanding task, but it may also prove quite profitable and exciting. Platinum trades in a commodity market with entirely different specifics than those of gold and silver. You should always be aware of the risks involved in such an undertaking, and realise that you have to be constantly on your toes when investing in this very special precious metal.
Platinum is extremely rare, and this has associated it with exclusivity, prestige and wealth. Its resistance to wear and tarnish, together with its incredible brilliance make it perfect for making exquisite coins. The world’s largest Mints offer a wide range of impeccably designed platinum coins in small mintages that should definitely be part of your investment portfolio.
Platinum American Eagles
The American Platinum Eagle is the official platinum bullion coin of the United States. First released by the United States Mint in 1997, it is offered in 1/10, 1/4, 1/2 and 1 troy ounce denominations, and .9995 purity.They platinum Eagles are legal tender U.S. coinsauthorized by the United States Congress, and backed by the United States Mint; their weight, purity and face value are all guaranteed by the U.S. government.
The 1 troy oz. American Platinum Eagle coin is 32.7 mm in diameter, it is 2.39 mm thick, and weighs 1.0005 troy oz. (31.120 g); it has a face value of $100,the highest face value of any American coin ever produced.
On the obverse side, the platinum American Eagle features the powerful image of Lady Liberty, symbolising the American spirit and character. The obverse side bears the inscription “LIBERTY” and also the date of issue, and the pronouncements “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” (Out of many, one). The reverse side of the coin bears the image of a bald eagle rising across a setting sun, the inscription “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, as well as the purity and content of the coin in platinum.
Platinum proof coins
Proof versions of the coins are also produced for coin collectors. The proof American Platinum Eagles are truly unique, as that they are the only U.S. bullion coins that have a yearly alternating design on the reverse.
From 1998 to 2002, proof versions of the American Platinum Eagle carried a reverse design under a programme entitled “Vistas of Liberty”: each year a bald eagle was depicted in a different region of the United States. From 2006 to 2008, a three year series of designs known as “The Foundations of Democracy” was issued to represent the three branches of government.
In 2009, the United States Mint introduced a new six-year platinum coin programme. This new series explores the core concepts of American democracy by highlighting the Preamble to the United States Constitution. The themes for the reverse designs of these spectacular coins are inspired by narratives prepared by the Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts, at the request of the United States Mint. The 2013 design is entitled “To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity.
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