2005 American Platinum Eagle Coins

The 2005 American Platinum Eagle Coins showed a continued decline in bullion mintages, but surprisingly reversed that same trend for the Proof Eagle strikes.

2005 American Platinum Eagle Coins
Mintage: 6,310 One Ounce Bullion, 6,602 One Ounce Proof
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Despite platinum having its lowest annual increase in the last few years, investors still shied away from the bullion strikes. Platinum ended up averaging $896.87 for the year, an increase of $51.56 an ounce.

Of interest, as part of the US Mint’s move to make its numismatic products available for more of the year, the US Mint released the Proof Platinum Eagles on April 7, 2005. More than five months earlier in the year than it had released them in 2004.

2005 Platinum Eagle Mintage

Bullion Platinum Eagle Mintage

Bullion Platinum Mintage continued to show poorly for the year with all of the strikes attaining their lowest annual mintage since their debut. Hardest hit were the 1/4 ounce Bullion Eagles which lost 5,997 coins.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 2005-dated Bullion Platinum Eagles:

One Ounce Bullion Platinum Eagle 6,310
1/2 Ounce Bullion Platinum Eagle 9,013
1/4 Ounce Bullion Platinum Eagle 12,013
1/2 Ounce Bullion Platinum Eagle 14,013

Proof Platinum Eagle Mintage

Reversing a trend from the previous few years, Proof Platinum Eagle mintages showed increases in every size of the coin.

The chart below shows the total mintage of 2005-dated Proof Platinum Eagles which includes the number sold as part of the Platinum Eagle 4-Coin Set (of which 4,370 were sold).

One Ounce Proof Platinum Eagle 6,602
1/2 Ounce Proof Platinum Eagle 5,942
1/4 Ounce Proof Platinum Eagle 6,592
1/10 Ounce Proof Platinum Eagle 8,104

Issue Information

The 2005 Platinum Eagles were the ninth year in which the US Mint produced the platinum strikes.

Release Date

The Proof Platinum Eagles were released by the US Mint on April 7, 2005. This was several months earlier than they appeared the previous year as the Mint was acting under an initiative to make their numismatic products available for more of the year. Bullion Eagles were available for most of the year from the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers.

Issue Price

With a continued increase in the cost of platinum, the Mint adjusted its Platinum Proof Eagle prices to $1,345 for the One Ounce Proof, $735 for the 1/2 Ounce Proof, $410 for the 1/4 Ounce Proof, $210 for the 1/10 Ounce Proof and $2,495 for the 4-Coin Set. Bullion Eagles were sold by the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers for a small premium above the spot price of the platinum they contained.

2005 Proof American Platinum Eagle Coin, Reverse

Special Proof Reverse Design

United States Mint sculptor-engraver Donna Weaver designed a new reverse for the Proof Platinum Eagle which shows an eagle perched on a heraldic shield.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

The US Mint’s facility in West Point produced the Proof Platinum Eagles. This is indicated by the ‘W’ mintmark on each coin.

Designer & Sculptor

"Portrait of Liberty," as designed by John Mercanti, is featured on the obverse (heads side) of all of the Platinum Eagles. The reverse (tails side) of the bullion Eagles still showed Thomas D. Rogers Sr.’s soaring eagle as they have done since their debut. The proof reverse shows an eagle perched on a heraldic shield as designed by Donna Weaver.

Coin Specifications

(For One Ounce Platinum Eagles)

Face Value: $100
Finish: Bullion, Proof
Composition: 99.95% Platinum
Standard Weight: 31.120 g
Standard Diameter: 32.70 mm
Edge: Reeded

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