United States Mint launched the 2017 Platinum American Eagle as its a special occasion, the series is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. American Platinum Eagles are the first platinum coins be issued by the U.S. Mint. American Platinum Eagle coin series launched in 1997 and from that time, the obverse and reverse design of the bullion version has remained the same from year to year. The United States Mint announced its use of new reverse design every year from 2018, while the obverse of proof coins remains the same; making it the only US Mint bullion coin series with new designs each year.
Though the series began full-force in 1997, no coins were issued between 2009 and 2013, and only 1 oz. coins were issued when the series resumed in 2014. This was followed by another year with no bullion American Platinum Eagles in 2015. Finally, a 1 oz. coin was issued in 2016 and another 1 oz. American Platinum Eagle has been issued again in 2017. The U.S. Mint does not offer its American Eagle bullion coins directly to the public. The coins are offered instead to a network of approved firms, who are referred to as authorized purchasers. coins in this series have always featured John Mercanti’s rendering of the Statue of Liberty as an obverse image, ND THE reverse shows a bald eagle in flight with the sun’s rays shining behind it. “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” presides above the design, while “.9995 PLATINUM 1 oz.” lies to the right of the coin, and “$100” is in the exergue.