These are the so called “collectible versions” of the American Platinum Eagle Bullion Coins. They differ from the regular bullion coins by the inclusion of a “W” mint mark to denote West Point. The coins are also struck on specially burnished blanks and are sometimes referred to as “Burnished Platinum Eagles.”
Earlier today, I had posted that the Mint suspended sales of the 2008 Proof Platinum Eagles. I had speculated that a potential reason for the suspension was a pricing conflict with the upcoming Uncirculated Eagles. Generally the proof versions of coins are sold for a premium above non-proof versions. My speculation may have been correct, since the prices for the Uncirculated versions are higher than the previous prices for the Proof versions.
Pricing information for the new release is in the table below:
|2008-W Uncirculated Platinum Eagles|
|1/4 ounce||$ 619.95|
|1/10 ounce||$ 259.95|
|4 Coin Set||$4,289.95|
It’s a little bit ironic that if you were buying Platinum Eagles from the Mint yesterday, you could have gotten proof coins for a cheaper price.
The product pages and further information from the Mint can be found here.