The 2016 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins are now available for order from the United States Mint.
The 2016 American Eagle One Ounce Platinum Proof Coin is the second release, in a special limited two-year series, meant to depict America's values of freedom and liberty.
The reverse design is a refreshingly innovative and beautiful, with a streak of classicism. The coin shows a depiction of Liberty holding a torch in her right hand, and an olive branch in her left. This symbolizes enlightenment and peace. There are thirteen olives on the branch meant to represent the Thirteen Original Colonies. To the lower left a bald eagle is flying with its wings out–stretched. The reverse of the coin was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Paul C. Balan and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Joseph Menna. The reverse legend reads : “ UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “4100”. To the lower left, along the rim, appear the words “.9995 PLATINUM 1OZ”. The coin's mintmark is a capital “W” just below the olive branch to the right, indicating that the coin was struck at the West Point Mint.
The obverse design is the now familiar “portrait of liberty” design by John Mercanti which depicts Lady Liberty gazing into the future. The words “LIBERTY”, “IN GOD WE TRUST and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” appears alongside the date of issue “2016”.
The $100 platinum coin is struck from 1oz of 99.95% pure platinum and measures 32.70 mm(1.287 inches). A specially designed presentation case allows the 2015 and 2016 coins to be kept and displayed together. A limited mintage of 10 000 coins has been approved for issue.
At the time of release the coins were listed on the U.S. Mint's website for $1350.00 each and is limited to one coin per household.