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2008 proof platinum Eagle sales to start May 5

The 2008 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins are to go on sale Monday, May 5, the U.S. Mint announced in an e-mail May 1.

At noon Eastern Time May 5, the U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for all four sizes of the 2008 platinum proofs, as well as for the related four-coin set.

Prices and product limits are expected to be as follows:

One ounce ? $2,299.95, limit 6,000
Half ounce ? $1,174.9, limit 5,000
Quarter ounce ? $609.95, limit 5,000
Tenth ounce ? $269.95, limit 10,000
Four-coin set ? $4,119.95, limit 10,000

A representation of Lady Justice, with scales and sword, is featured on the reverse of this year?s platinum proofs. The design was sculpted by Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz, and it was engraved by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.

This is the final design in a three-year series celebrating the Judicial branch of the U.S. government. The series is entitled ?The Foundations of American Democracy.?

The obverse of the 2008 platinum proof coins bears an image of Liberty, symbolizing vigilance and faithfulness to duty. It was designed by Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti.

Proof platinum Eagles bear the ?W? mintmark, denoting production at the U.S. Mint facility at West Point, N.Y.

Each coin is encapsulated in plastic and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders. Allow approximately two to three weeks for delivery, the Mint release says.
Orders will be accepted at the Mint?s Web site, www.usmint.gov, and at telephone (800) 872-6468. 

Orders placed prior to noon Eastern on May 5 may not be honored. No initial household limits have been put in place for these products. The Mint reserves the right to limit quantities and may discontinue accepting orders at any time. 

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