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Anniversary Eagle priced

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The U.S. Mint?s two-coin set marking the 10th anniversary of the platinum American Eagle program will have a maximum mintage of 30,000 sets priced at $1,949.95 each.

Sales begin Dec. 13 at noon Eastern time. Any orders placed prior to noon that day will not be honored.

In the set will be two half-ounce .9995 fine platinum Eagles, one proof and one enhanced reverse proof.

The proof coin features a cameo image on mirror-like background. The enhanced reverse proof coin features a frosted background and a brilliant, mirror-like finish on the raised elements of the coin. 

The Mint is calling the reverse proof an ?enhanced reverse proof? because it is not an exact opposite polish of the regular proof version. Design elements were strategically selected to feature the mirror-like finish to contrast with frosted background design elements.

ameagle2.jpgInitially, orders for the 10th anniversary platinum Eagle set will be limited to one set per household, a limit intended to remain in effect for the first seven days of release. After that period, the Mint plans to re-evaluate and either extend, adjust or lift the limit.

The obverse design on both coins is the familiar one seen on all proof platinum Eagles since their debut in 1997, designed and engraved by Mint sculptor-engraver John Mercanti. 

On the reverse of each is a design honoring the Executive Branch of U.S. government. This is the second design in the three-year series entitled ?The Foundations of American Democracy.? Mint Artistic Infusion Program master designer Thomas Cleveland created the design, and it was engraved by Mint medallic sculptor Phebe Hemphill.

The reverses also carry the ?W? mintmark, denoting production at the West Point facility.

The set comes in a hardwood box with mahogany finish and silver foil on the domed lid. The coins sit on a wood platform angled to display them when the box is open.

Each set is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Orders will be taken starting at noon Dec. 13 online at www.usmint.gov, and by phone at (800) USA-MINT
(872-6468).

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