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2009 American Platinum Eagle Coin

CoinTrapTM Commentary: The 2009 Platinum Eagle Coin design is emblematic of the principle “To Form a More Perfect Union,” which is the first of six principles of American democracy found in the preamble of the United States Constitution. Four faces are illustrated, each face representing diversity in the Nation. The clothing and hair are woven together, thereby forming a more perfect union.

As the official platinum coin of the United States, who wouldn’t want to own a little of this platinum?  Of course, platinum is a bit pricey.  But if you can get over the initial sticker shock, consider saving up and buying one of these beauties!  These coins contain .9995 fine platinum.

The fractional sizes (1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce, and 1/10 ounce versions) of the American Eagle Platinum Proof coins were discontinued by the U.S. Mint in 2009. So, now you’ll just have to own the big daddy of them all: the 1 ounce.

The 2009 Platinum Eagle Bullion has a different design from the proof version. The bullion reverse includes the standard platinum bullion design showing an eagle soaring over America with rays of sunshine beaming in the sky.

Coin Value: What is the value of your 2009 American Platinum Eagle coin?  Yep, well you know, it depends.  The 2009 Platinum Eagle coin worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish or a “reverse proof,” (3) whether it is a ”first strike” version, (4) whether it is the 1 ounce $100, the 1/2 ounce $50, the 1/4 ounce $25, or the 1/10 ounce $10 version, and (5) scarcity/demand.  Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect).  This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short.  Click here to look for the up-to-date estimated value of your 2009 American Platinum Eagle coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes the factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your 2009 American Platinum Eagle coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

2009 American Platinum Eagle - Obverse

2009 American Platinum Eagle - Reverse

Obverse - 2009 American Platinum Eagle Coin

Designer John Mercanti
Engraver: John Mercanti

Reverse - 2009 American Platinum Eagle Coin

Designer Susan Gamble
Engraver: Phebe Hemphill

2009 American Platinum Eagle Bullion - Obverse

2009 American Platinum Eagle Bullion  - Reverse

Obverse - 2009 American Platinum Eagle Bullion Coin

Designer John Mercanti
Engraver: John Mercanti

Reverse - 2009 American Platinum Eagle Bullion Coin

Engraver: Thomas D. Rogers

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    *Public Law 104-208
    104th Congress

                                     An Act

     Making omnibus consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending
         September 30, 1997, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Sept. 30,
                             1996 -  [H.R. 3610]>>

       Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
    United States of America <<NOTE: Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations
    Act, 1997.>> in Congress assembled,

                                   DIVISION A

    That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the
    Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the several departments,
    agencies, corporations and other organizational units of the Government
    for the fiscal year 1997, and for other purposes, namely:

    . . .

    Sec. 524. Section 5112 of title 31, United States Code, is amended
    by adding at the end the following new subsection:
       ``(k) The Secretary may mint and issue bullion and proof platinum
    coins in accordance with such specifications, designs, varieties,
    quantities, denominations, and inscriptions as the Secretary, in the
    Secretary's discretion, may prescribe from time to time.'': Provided,
    That the Secretary <<NOTE: 31 USC 5112 note.>> is authorized to use
    Government platinum reserves stockpiled at the United States Mint as
    working inventory and shall ensure that reserves utilized are replaced
    by the Mint.

    . . .

         This Act may be cited as the ``Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations
    Act, 1997''.

       Approved September 30, 1996.

    LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3610 (S. 1894):

    HOUSE REPORTS: Nos. 104-617 (Comm. on Appropriations) and 104-863 (Comm.
    on Conference).
    SENATE REPORTS: No. 104-286 accompanying S. 1894 (Comm. on
    CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 142 (1996):
               June 13, considered and passed House.
               July 11, 17, 18, considered and passed Senate, amended, in
                   lieu of S. 1894.
               Sept. 28, House agreed to conference report.
               Sept. 30, Senate agreed to conference report.
               Sept. 30, Presidential statement.

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