Eagle over New England, Mercanti, mintage $100 PR 14,912. John M. Mercanti (obverse), John M. Mercanti (reverse). West Point Mint, .9995 platinum, $100 - 1.0005 oz (31.120 grams; 1 oz actual platinum weight), 32.7 mm diameter. Average spot price of Platinum in 1998 was $372.15.
The bold obverse design is a full close-up of the Statue of Liberty's face, entitled "Liberty Looking to the Future". The reverse is of an "Eagle Over New England."
This year was the first of the five-year "Vistas of Liberty" series from 1998 through 2002. The five Vistas are Northeast, Southeast, Heartland, Southwest and Northwest of America. "The Vistas of Liberty designs will profile the unique character and charisma of our nation's diverse landscapes, capturing the spirit and strength of America and its people." The Proof has a special design of incuse sculpting, that is below the surface plane of the coin, reading E Pluribus Unum, obverse, and fineness, reverse.
Quotes per Edmund C. Moy's American Gold and Platinum Eagles book (c) 2014.
Additionally, the U.S. Mint utilized a photograph from local photographers to create the vistas of liberty. This photo was of the Bass Harbor Lighthouse with the addition of an eagle flying along the coastline toward his roost at moonrise. The photographer was paid with a one-ounce 1998 Proof coin and $200 for use of his artwork, as noted in a US Mint letter dated July 1, 1998. The photographer was Ed Elvidge, a retired photographer living on Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park for 35 years, interpreting the nature of the island through his lens. The image on this coin offers a vantage point just offshore, looking up the granite bluff to the lighthouse.