Some basic details have emerged for the 2013 Proof Platinum Eagle, scheduled for release on July 18, 2013. A preliminary product page recently added to the US Mint’s website indicates the mintage limit, household ordering limit, and provides a description of the selected design.
The coin will continue the six year design series which presents the foundations of American democracy as found in the Preamble to the Constitution. The designs are inspired by narratives prepared by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. for the themes “To Form a More Perfect Union” (2009), “To Establish Justice” (2010), “To Insure Domestic Tranquility” (2011), “To Provide for the Common Defence” (2012), “To Promote the General Welfare” (2013), and “To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity” (2014).
When the reverse design candidates for the 2013 coin were reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), the two groups recommended two different designs.
The CFA had recommended the design above, featuring Young America looking towards the future. The CFA did recommend the removal of the horizon line and ring of stars to simplify the design.
The CCAC had recommended the design above, which features the same image of Young America, but with three gears in the background to represent the local, state, and federal governments working together.
Based on the description on the US Mint’s product page, the final design selection was for the “gears” design.
In an unofficial poll of Mint News Blog readers, the design without the gears had attracted the largest number of votes by a fair margin. While I also preferred the simplicity of the first design, I am wondering if the US Mint might have something special planned for the “gears” design utilizing their new laser frosting technology. This design would seem to benefit from the use of different levels of frosting on the gears and Young America.
Other details available for the 2013 Proof Platinum Eagle include the maximum mintage, which has been established at 15,000 pieces, and the initial ordering limit of five coins per household. These levels remain unchanged from the prior year, despite a downturn in sales for the series.
The 2009 and 2010 coins had both sold out after about a week of availability and carried maximum mintages of 10,000 and 12,000, respectively. The 2011 coin achieved a sell out of the 15,000 maximum mintage after about 14 months of availability. The 2012 coin has sold 9,530 out of the 15,000 maximum after more than ten months of availability.