2009-W $100 Statue of Liberty First Strike, DCAM PR70DCAM Certification #15124807, PCGS #404477

Owner's Comments

Flowing circle of diverse American women faces, Gamble, mintage $100 PR 9,871. John M. Mercanti (obverse), Susan Gamble (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 2009 was $1,203.49. 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 the first reverse design in the series representing the core concepts in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution. The design is a flowing circle of diverse American women faces representing the Constitution's foundational concept "To Form a More Perfect Union." This was the first use of the bald-eagle privy mark instead of an eagle in the design to maintain the Platinum Eagle coin program. The Mint's issue price was $1,792 and went on sale on Dec 3 and sold out in a week. This coin is ranked as no. 98 among the 100 Greatest U.S. Modern coins. 2009 was the first year of the scaling back of the platinum program and only issued this proof coin. Quotes per Edmund C. Moy's American Gold and Platinum Eagles book (c) 2014.

Expert Comments

Jaime Hernandez

The 2009-W 1 Ounce Proof Platinum Eagle is the only Platinum coin struck in the year 2009.

The 2009-W $100 Proof Platinum coins went on sale on December 03, 2009. The new design theme is "To Form a More Perfect Union," which is also inscribed on the coins reverse design. This theme will continue throughout 2014 with changing designs each year.

The Mint issue price was set at $1,792. for each coin. The spot price of one ounce of platinum for that day was at about $1490. The coins were scheduled to begin shipping on December 17, 2009.

This is a new design consisting of four female faces from different nationalities. All the depicted women represent the diversity of our nation. The women's clothing and hair weaving are also joined together and are symbolic of forming a more perfect union.

On October of 2009 the Mint announced that they would cease producing all 2009 Uncirculated Platinum eagles and most Proof Platinum eagles. This included all the $5, $10, $25 and $100 Uncirculated Platinum coins. For the Proof Platinum coins, they also canceled the fractional size Platinum coins with a denomination of $5, $10 and $25. The Mint canceled all of the aforementioned Platinum coin products, primarily because they were unable to obtain the required Platinum plachets to strike the coins.

After canceling most of its 2009 Platinum products, the Mint had already anticipated a large demand for the 2009 1 Ounce Proof Platinum coins. As a result, customers were only allowed to order five 2009 1 Ounce Proof Platinum eagles per household. Despite the imposed ordering limit, it wasn’t enough to prevent a sell out within about a week’s time period.
32.70 millimeters
John M. Mercanti/Susan Gamble
31.12 grams
Metal Content
99.95% Platinum
The United States of America
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