WASHINGTON – The United States Mint announced today that the 2005 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins will be available for sale on April 7, 2005, at 12:00 noon (ET). The date for this program is set more than five months earlier than in 2004, as part of the United States Mint’s commitment to making many of its products available earlier in the year, at the request of its customers.

The 2005 reverse design, by United States Mint sculptor-engraver Donna Weaver, gathers an inspiring collection of design elements that reflects the remarkable bounty found within the borders of our great Nation. An overflowing cornucopia, embodying the good fortune of a strong and abundant harvest, is carefully guarded by the symbols of our Nation, the eagle and the shield.

The coin’s obverse, designed by United States Mint sculptor-engraver John Mercanti, features Lady Liberty, evoking the spirit of freedom with her serene gaze, her face and crown seemingly lit by the torch she holds aloft. The coin bears the mint mark of the United States Mint at West Point.

The price and mintage limits for the 2005 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins are as follows:
Coin Price Maximum Mintage Product Limit
One ounce $1,345 14,000 4,000
Half-ounce $735 13,000 3,000
Quarter-ounce $410 15,000 5,000
Tenth-ounce $210 20,000 10,000
Four-coin set $2,495 10,000

Because mintages of the 2005 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins are limited, orders should be placed early. The United States Mint reserves the right to limit quantities and may discontinue accepting orders at any time.

The 2005 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins went on sale on January 13, 2005, and are available for sale while quantities last. The 2005 American Eagle Silver Proof Coins went on sale March 15.

Customers can purchase the 2005 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins online through the United States Mint’s secure website at www.usmint.gov, or by calling toll-free 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) 8:00 a.m. to midnight (ET), seven days a week. Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468) 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday. Also, orders may be mailed to the United States Mint, P.O. Box 382620, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-8620. A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 per order will be added to all domestic orders.

Contact:
Press inquiries: Michael White (202) 354-7222
Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)