This article was originally printed in the latest issue of Numismatic News.
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Do you have $1,892?
That’s what you’ll need to purchase a 1 ounce 2010 American Eagle platinum proof coin.
The coins, of which 10,000 will be minted, went on sale at noon Aug. 11.
The Mint is limiting orders to five coins per household for the first week of sales. It will then evaluate sales and determine whether to extend, adjust or remove the limit.
The new coins are collector versions of the American Eagle platinum bullion coins. The obverse features Lady Liberty symbolizing vigilance and faithfulness to duty. The reverse design is emblematic of the principle “To Establish Justice,” the second of six principles of American democracy found in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
The six-year platinum coin program was launched in 2009. The themes are:
• 2009 - To Form a More Perfect Union
• 2010 – To Establish Justice
• 2011 – To Insure Domestic Tranquility
• 2012 – To Provide for the Common Defence
• 2013 – To Promote General Welfare, and
• 2014 – To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the narratives used to insprire the designs for the coins’ reverses.
Coins may be ordered online at usmint.gov or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT.