The 2015 Proof coin is the first in the two-year Torches of Liberty design series.
The Proof 2015-W American Eagle platinum $100 coin was offered by the U.S. Mint at $1,200 per coin on December 3, 2015 and, with orders restricted to one coin per household. The coins 4,000 coin maximum mintage sold out in less than seven minutes. The coins popularity caused a significant aftermarket premium. In total, the sales figures were 3,886, representing the lowest population coin for the entire series.
The 2015-W coin’s obverse bears a modern rendition of Liberty as represented by the Statue of Liberty. The obverse has appeared on all versions of the American Eagle platinum coin since the series was introduced in 1997. John Mercanti, sculptor-engraver for the U.S. Mint at the time, designed and sculptured the design.
The reverse design is titled “Liberty Nurtures Freedom” and features a depiction of Lady Liberty holding a torch in one hand with the other hand outstretched to an American bald eagle. The eagle is perched on a globe and represents freedom. Liberty’s hand and the eagle’s beak are framed in the rays of the sun. The reverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and engraved by Phebe Hemphill.