2003 American Platinum Eagle Coins
The 2003 American Platinum Eagle Coins saw mintages slip for every product option from the Mint for the series of coins – this included the proof and the bullion strikes.
|Mintage: 8,007 One Ounce Bullion, 8,246 One Ounce Proof
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Leading the the mintage drop was undoubtedly the increases price of the coins due to the improving platinum market. After having averaged only $539.13 the previous year, the precious climbed to an average of $691.31 for 2003.
With the conclusion of the special five year "Vistas of Liberty" reverse designs for the Proof Platinum Eagles, the Mint used Al Maletsky’s design of an eagle perched on a Rocky Mountain tree branch for the 2003 reverse.
2003 Platinum Eagle Mintage
Bullion Platinum Eagle Mintage
Mintage for every size of the Bullion Platinum Eagle fell for the year. Hardest hit was the 1/2 ounce strike which lost 6,596 coins from the previous year’s mintage.
The chart below shows the total mintage of 2003-dated Bullion Platinum Eagles:
One Ounce Bullion Platinum Eagle 8,007 1/2 Ounce Bullion Platinum Eagle 17,409 1/4 Ounce Bullion Platinum Eagle 25,207 1/2 Ounce Bullion Platinum Eagle 22,007
Proof Platinum Eagle Mintage
The Proof Platinum Eagles also saw the mintage decline for each of the four different sized coins. The 1/10 ounce Proof Eagle lost the most with a drop of 2,831 from 2002.
The chart below shows the total mintage of 2003-dated Proof Platinum Eagles which includes the number sold as part of the Platinum Eagle 4-Coin Set (of which 5,296 were sold).
One Ounce Proof Platinum Eagle 8,246 1/2 Ounce Proof Platinum Eagle 7,131 1/4 Ounce Proof Platinum Eagle 7,044 1/10 Ounce Proof Platinum Eagle 9,534
The 2003 Platinum Eagles were the seventh year in which the US Mint produced the platinum coin series.
Proof Eagles were released by the US Mint on September 17, 2003. Bullion Platinum Eagles were available from the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for most of the year.
Marking the first time in three years, the US Mint raised the prices it was charging for the Proof Platinum Eagles. The new price structure stood at $1,073 for the One Ounce Proof, $587 for the 1/2 Ounce Proof, $329 for the 1/4 Ounce Proof, $170 for the 1/10 Ounce Proof and $1,995 for the 4-Coin Set.
Special Proof Reverse Design
United States Mint sculptor-engraver Al Maletsky designed the reverse of the Proof Platinum Eagle to show a bald eagle perched on a Rocky Mountain tree branch with a flag flying behind it.
U.S. Mint Production Facility
The US Mint’s facility in West Point was responsible for striking the Proof Platinum Eagles with a ‘W’ mintmark clearly visible.
Designer & Sculptor
"Portrait of Liberty" by John Mercanti is featured on the obverse (heads side) of all of the Platinum Eagles. Thomas D. Rogers Sr. designed the reverse of the Bullion Eagle to show soaring eagle design which has been on the Bullion Eagles since their debut.. The Proof Platinum Eagles have a new reverse design annually. For 2003, Al Maletsky designed an image of an eagle perched on branch with a flag flying behind it.
(For One Ounce Platinum Eagles)
|Standard Weight:||31.120 g|
|Standard Diameter:||32.70 mm|