American eagle platinum coins were debuted by the U.S. Mint in 1997, over a decade after the first American eagle gold and silver bullion coins. All feature John Mercanti’s 1997 design “Liberty Looking to the Future” on the obverse. This stoic portrait of the Statue of Liberty gazing directly at the viewer, her expression thoughtful, evokes a contemplative yet ultimately optimistic mood.
The reverse designs are a different story…
See, platinum eagles were initially offered by the U.S. Mint in 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz weights, in both proof and BU (brilliant uncirculated) collections. Then, in 2008, the mint stopped producing fractional coins. And that’s a real shame! Because proof American eagle platinum coins were the only eagles that featured new designs on the reverse each year.
Because of their relatively low mintages and brief period of production, 1/4 oz platinum proof American eagles are mighty hard to come by, especially with their original boxes and certificates of authenticity (CoA) straight from the U.S. Mint. If you’ve been looking for a beautiful and unusual addition to diversify your coin collection, this might be what you’ve been looking for…
Note: Our stock of proof quarter-ounce platinum eagles changes constantly, we can’t guarantee availability of a specific year or design. We’ll fulfill your order from our on-hand stock, which might mean you receive duplicate mintage years/designs in your order and could include the current year.
1/4 oz platinum American eagle proof coin highlights:
- Every coin ships in its original U.S. Mint presentation packaging with certificate of authenticity
- Minted in 1/4 oz. 0.9995 pure platinum
- Relatively low mintages and brief production history make this an unusual collectible
- Official legal tender in the U.S. with a $25 face value
- Random year mintage (1997-2008) selected from our available stock at the time of your order
Quarter-ounce proof platinum eagle designs and mintage
During its relatively brief history, the 1/4 oz proof platinum eagle enjoyed an incredible range of designs. Below, you’ll find the mintage year, designer, a brief description of the reverse design and official mintage of each year.
- 1997: Thomas D. Rogers. Soaring Eagle Above America. Mintage: 18,628
- 1998: Thomas D. Rogers. Bald eagle flying over New England beach town with a lighthouse in the background, a full moon in the sky above. Mintage: 14,873
- 1999: Al Maletsky. A bald eagle swoops low over a swamp, cypresses and an alligator in the background. Mintage: 13,507
- 2000: Al Maletsky. A bald eagle soaring above a Midwestern field, with a farmhouse and barn in the background. Mintage: 11,995
- 2001: Thomas D. Rogers. An eagle soars high above the tall saguaro cacti of the Arizona desert, with hills and the curious rock formations known as “hoodoos” in the leftmost background. Mintage: 8,847
- 2002: Al Maletsky. A bald eagle strikes at a fish in a Northwestern lake, while snowcapped mountains watch in the background. Mintage: 9,282
- 2003: Al Maletsky. A noble eagle perched on the branch of a Rocky Mountain pine gazes over its shoulder, while the U.S. flag flutters in the background. Mintage: 7,044
- 2004: Donna Weaver. An engraving inspired by the Daniel Chester French sculpture America displayed outside the U.S. Customs House, New York City, New York. Mintage: 5,193
- 2005: Donna Weaver. A heraldic bald eagle on a shield, wings spread, above a cornucopia. Mintage: 6,592
- 2006: Joel Iskowitz. A symbolic “legislative muse,” flanked by two eagles perched on columns representing the House of Representatives and Senate. Mintage: 7,813
- 2007: Tom Cleveland. A close-up of a bald eagle with stars-and-stripes shield, representing the executive branch of government. Mintage: 6,017
- 2008: Joel Iskowitz. An American bald eagle watches over Lady Justice. Mintage: 4,153
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Why do you ship my order to my billing address?
This is a security measure to combat credit card fraud. By shipping to the billing address on file with your credit card company, we prevent scammers with stolen card numbers from fraudulent activity.
Can I change my shipping address?
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What are your shipping, handling, and insurance charges?
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How long before you ship my order?
Once your payment has cleared, we will begin processing, packaging, and shipping your order. How long this takes varies based on your payment method, the size of your order, and your specific products. Once your order has shipped, you will receive an email confirmation, with a link to find your shipment tracking information on your account page.
Do you ship internationally?
No, not at this time.
How do you prepare packages for shipment?
All your purchased products are packaged under video surveillance to ensure quality control and packages are carefully and discreetly wrapped in generic corrugated boxes.
How do you ship my order?
We ship via Registered/Insured U.S. Postal Service and UPS in discreet, secure packaging. Each package is fully insured and may require a signature upon delivery. Packages take 1-10 business days for delivery. We’ll send your tracking number by email when your order ships.
Is my order insured while in transit?
Yes, BullionMax fully insures all of its shipments. Should anything happen while your package is in transit to you, it will be covered by our insurance policy.
However, we will not accept responsibility if you have left instructions with any carriers or delivery services to leave parcels unattended for you without the need for a signature, or if you have given the carrier instructions to leave your package with anyone other than the addressee. This includes but is not limited to a building manager, neighbor, a business mailroom, drop-off location such as Mail Boxes, etc., The UPS Store, the Military Postal Service, etc.
Additionally, we will not assume responsibility for packages that are signed for by apartment/complex building management, a business mailroom, the Military Postal Service, or any person(s) that are not the addressee listed on the order. When we ship to you, if metals are lost or damaged in transit, it is our responsibility to pursue any claim with the insurance company. If we determine the package is lost or damaged, we file a claim.
We reserve the right to re-ship your items or refund your money at our discretion.
Can you ship my order to my post office box?
No, we cannot ship to a post office box.
Do I have to sign for my shipment?
Packages we ship may not require a signature for delivery. Expedited shipping, whether via UPS or the U.S. Postal Service, requires a signature for delivery.
Do you ship to U.S. territories?
We do not ship to US territories. Due to special requirements set by the postal systems, we are unable to ship outside of U.S. states.
What does “No Will Call” mean?
All UPS shipments ship with a “No Will Call” restriction, meaning the package cannot be picked up from a UPS location or just left at the delivery address. This is a precaution to prevent orders from being fraudulently intercepted. UPS will make three delivery attempts. If nobody is available at the delivery address to sign and accept delivery, the package will be returned to us.
Where do you ship orders from?
All orders will ship from our warehouse in Los Angeles, California. We conceal the return address on all packages so as to not hint at the contents of the package.
Do you offer UPS shipping to Alaska and Hawaii?
No, we do not. The costs of shipping to these states are extremely prohibitive, so we utilize USPS on all shipments to Alaska and Hawaii.
Do we ship to P.O. Boxes?
No, we do not. Sorry.
Do you ship to UPS store locations?
No. UPS 3-Day Air service excludes shipments to UPS Stores, as well as Alaska, Hawaii and APO addresses.
My package appears to have been damaged or tampered with. What should I do?
We recommend you refuse any shipment that appears to be damaged or tampered with because the shipping insurance ends once signed for and/or delivered. When refused, the package(s) will return to BullionMax for inspection.
If you have taken possession of a damaged or tampered package, please save all packaging and contact call us at (800) 729-3202 during normal business hours of 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) Monday – Friday within 48 hours for further instructions. Failure to notify us of damage or tampering within 48 hours from signature or delivery date may impact our ability to cover your claim.
What happens if my order is lost in transit?
We see very few delivery issues with our carriers, but sometimes delays do occur. In those situations, we appreciate your patience to wait a little longer for your package (at least 7 business days) before contacting us. Should the package not arrive, an investigation of the shipment is required before any order is reshipped or refunded. We may ask you to file a police report if it appears loss is due to theft or tampering. Your assistance speeds up the investigation and the sooner we complete it, the sooner we can resolve the missing order.