The American Eagle Platinum Proof coins first appeared in 1997 and have featured annually changing reverse designs ever since.
For the first three years of the Platinum Eagle's availability, the US Mint produced them in four different sizes - the standard one ounce, as well as the fractional 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce sizes. It was announced late in 2008, however, that the Mint would no longer produce the fractional Platinum Eagles as part of its strategy to reduce the number of products it offered.
In 2009, the Mint started a series of six unique reverse designs dedicated to the principles of the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States -To Form a More Perfect Union, To Establish Justice,To Insure Domestic Tranquility,To Provide for the Common Defence,To Promote General Welfare and To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity. One design is to be featured is each year from 2009 through 2014.
The 2009 Platinum Eagle featuring the "Perfect Union" design was released late in the year on December 3, 2009. Despite its price tag of $1,792 and household limit of 5, collectors purchased the entire mintage limit of 8,000 in less than a week forcing the Mint to declare a sell-out.
Designed by John Mercanti, an image of the the Statue of Liberty looking "towards the future" is featured on the obverse. Also shown are the inscriptions "Liberty," "E Pluribus Unum" and the year of mintage.
Honoring the second Principle of the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States - "To Establish Justice," the reverse features a blindfolded justice representing impartiality. The Justice is holding the traditional scales and a branch of Laurel. Also shown are the inscriptions " Justice the Guardian of Liberty," "United States of America," " 1 oz," ".9995 Platinum" and "$100."
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