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American Eagle Gold Coin

American Eagle Platinum Coins
Fineness = 0.999
The U.S. Mint has released platinum coins for both collectors (proofs) and as a new investment vehicle for those interested in diversifying their commodity investments (bullion). Though gold and silver have been available from the U.S. Mint as typical stores of wealth for individual investors, it was not until 1997 that public law 99-61 authorized the minting of American Eagle Platinum Bullion Coins and offered another precious metal investors could add to their portfolio.
American Eagle Platinum Coin Design
John Mercanti engraved the obverse (heads side). The obverse features "Portrait of Liberty", a close-up of the Statue of Liberty. The obverse for American Eagle Platinum Bullion, Uncirculated, and Proof editions are all the same. The reverse (tails side) of the American Eagle Platinum coin varies a bit. The American Eagle Platinum bullion coin reverse was engraved by Thomas Rogers and has been produced as such since 1997. However, The proof version varies and has a new engraving every year. So, what did they put on the uncirculated coin reverse? Please see Editions for more information.
American Eagle Platinum Coin Editions and Mintage
Though the American Eagle program was launched in 1986, it wasn't until 1997 that a platinum coin was minted. From 1997 through 2006 only two types were available; the Bullion (for investors) and the Proofs (for collectors). In 2006, an Uncirculated line was added to bullion and proofs. Like the American Eagle gold program they are available in four denominations:
American Eagle Platinum One Ounce - Marked $100 face value
American Eagle Platinum One-half Ounce - Marked $50 face value
American Eagle Platinum One-Quarter Ounce - Marked $25 face value
American Eagle Platinum One-Tenth Ounce - Marked $10 face value
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Canadian Maple Leaf Gold Coins

Platinum Koala Coin
Australia was the first major nation in modern times to announce its intention to produce an ounce-denominated platinum coin issue and since its first year of issue, the Australian Koala platinum coins have remained a leader in world investment coin markets. Each Koala is beautifully designed and extensively frosted, for a luminous brillance not found on other platinum bullion coins.

Platinum buyers who buy small quantities will probably receive their Platinum Koalas in vinyl sleeves. Koalas are .9995 fine, are legal tender, and sell at prices that reflect the value of their platinum content, not their face values.
Krugerrand Gold Coin

Platinum Noble / Isle of Man Coins
The first platinum investment coin, the one-ounce Noble from the Isle of Man, was introduced in November 1983. The Isle of Man is an ancient British protectorate, and well known for producing a variety of high-quality coins with innovative and unusual designs. From 1983 through 1989, The Pobjoy Mint of England produced The Platinum Noble in sizes ranging from 10 ounces to 1/10 ounce, with the face value shown in "Nobles," a value equal the platinum content in troy ounces. The reverse of all coins features an historic Viking longship, "Thusly," shown under full sail. The obverse features the young Queen Elizabeth II with crown.
  Coin
1 Troy oz
1/2 Troy oz
1/4 Troy oz
1/10 Troy oz
1/20 Troy oz
Diameter
32.7 mm
27.0 mm
22.0 mm
16.5 mm
13.9 mm
Face
1 Noble
.5 Noble
.25 Noble
.1 Noble
.05 Noble
Purity
.9995
.9995
.9995
.9995
.9995
 
Austrian Philharmonic Gold Coin

Engelhard Platinum Bars
Fineness = 0.9995
The Engelhard imprint is an assurance of quality and purity, which guarantees an investor precise purity and quality in a platinum bullion bar. Every Engelhard platinum bullion bar carries its own unique serial number so the owner of that bar can be confident of ready liquidity worldwide. Manufacturers of high-style platinum jewelry can rely on Engelhard platinum bullion bars for quality platinum content in their fine jewelry. Industrial users can include Engelhard platinum with the confidence that its guaranteed purity will always perform flawlessly, whatever the application. Engelhard platinum bars are available in a variety of sizes and forms.
Size: 1.0000 Troy oz
American Buffalo Gold Coin
Quick Facts
  • All the platinum ever mined would fit in the average living room!
  • Annually, only about 133 tons of platinum are mined, compared to 1,782 tons of gold.
  • Louis XVI of France proclaimed platinum the only metal fit for Royalty!
  • Platinum is very rare; 10 tons of ore and a five month process are needed to make up just one ounce of platinum.
  • Years ago, ancient Egyptians were the first civilization to use platinum in their precious works of art.
  • In 1923 the largest known reserve of platinum was found by a farmer in South Africa, this reserve is now known as the Merensky Reef.
  • Platinum is also found in the Stillwater Mine in Montana.
  • During the early years of this century, platinum was the precious metal of choice for most jewelry buyers. However, when World War II began, platinum was declared a strategic metal and its use in jewelry and other non-military applications was restricted.
  • Platinum is one of the strongest and most enduring metals. Some of the World's greatest treasures are set in platinum, such as the Hope Diamond. It is also one of the heaviest, weighing 60% more than gold.
  • Conquistadors, Counterfeiters, Scientists and Artists
    The word platinum sometimes enjoys a cache higher even than gold, as platinum albums and platinum credit cards attest. However, widespread knowledge of the white metal stretches back only a few hundred years, versus thousands for gold. Despite being worked with some skill by South American Indians over 1,000 years ago, it was not until after the Spanish conquest of the New World during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries that news reached Europe of a new white metal with unusual properties.

    By the end of the 17th century, the Spanish Conquistadors had discovered alluvial deposits of platinum while they were panning for gold in the Choco region in what is today Colombia. They considered the metal a nuisance because it interfered with their gold mining activities. In fact, since platinum was considered of little value, it was soon being used by forgers to adulterate Spanish gold coins.

    Despite its extreme rarity, platinum's extraordinary properties made it of interest to European scientists. Upon its introduction to Europe, platinum was noted as a substance that could not "melt by fire or by any of the Spanish arts." It was known to be even heavier than gold and to be virtually impossible to corrode with gases or chemicals. These properties piqued the interest of a Swedish assayer named Scheffer who, in 1751, recognized platinum as the seventh element known to exist up until that time. He was also the first to successfully melt platinum.

    During the rest of the eighteenth century, platinum's star rose quickly. The very qualities that had, for centuries, made platinum difficult to work, now made it attractive for industrial uses. For example, platinum was used to make durable laboratory apparatus in Berlin in 1784. In 1780, it was being used in France to make crucibles for glass production, a use that, to this day, consumes tens of thousands of ounces of platinum each year.

    As new industrial uses for the metal were discovered, platinum's tarnishless beauty and strength also began to impress jewelers and goldsmiths. In 1788, Francisco Alonso of Spain crafted a platinum chalice, weighing nearly two kilograms, for Pope Pius VI. Other leading metal workers, such as Marc Janety, Royal Goldsmith to Louis XVI, and Pierre Chabaneu, of Spain, were also enchanted with platinum. Soon, platinum was being used to make expensive cutlery, watch-chains and coat buttons.

    Early in the 19th century, new refining techniques increased platinum's availability for use in a growing number of industries. As more platinum became available, it was soon being used in gun parts, sophisticated batteries and fuel cells, the production of caustic chemicals (the first platinum sulfuric acid boiler weighed over 400 ounces) and the purification of hydrogen.

    One constant problem preventing the even more rapid spread of platinum use was its extremely limited supply. In fact, in 1820, Columbia, still the only major producer of platinum in the world, ceased exporting the metal due to the nation's independence from Spain. Luckily for the growing platinum industry, a new supplier was soon found: Russia.

    In 1822, alluvial platinum was proved to be present in the gold fields of the Ural Mountains. Since there was little demand for platinum in Russia for jewelry, industrial or scientific use, and still only modest amounts were needed abroad, the Russian government decided to make platinum into a monetary metal by producing platinum rubles. Over the next 18 years, the Russian government minted almost 500,000 ounces of platinum and, perhaps more importantly, introduced to the world the notion that platinum was not just a commodity, but was also, like gold, a store of value.

    While industry and bullion coinage were major consumers of platinum in the 19th century, platinum jewelry remained rare until high-temperature jewelers' torches were developed later. Once this development was made, jewelry makers were quick to take advantage of platinum. Before the first decade of this century, the whiteness of diamonds had long been highlighted by setting them in silver. However, silver's relative softness meant that these settings had to be relatively heavy -- taking away some of the brilliance of the stone. Thus, as jewelers became more adept at using "the other white metal," platinum quickly took over the role of the diamond setting of choice.
    The Platinum Fact Sheet
    Platinum has unique chemical and physical properties that make it essential in a wide range of industrial and environmental applications. And yet, it is also considered one of the finest of all jewelry metals. Over twenty percent of all consumer goods either contain platinum or are produced using platinum. As a consequence, the continued expansion of developed and developing economies has caused demand for the metal to grow at a faster pace than it is being mined.

    Platinum is the" Most Precious" Precious Metal: Platinum is the rarest of the precious metals. More than 90% of all platinum supplies come from South Africa and Russia. Virtually all of the platinum mined in South Africa is committed to industrial contracts. In contrast with gold and silver, there are no large above-ground platinum stockpiles to protect against significant supply disruptions. Approximately 10 tons of raw ore must be mined to produce just one pure ounce of platinum. Today, the finest and most elegant jewelry contains platinum.

    It is a Multi-Purpose Industrial Metal: Platinum is integral to the production of about 20% of all consumer goods. Platinum's unique physical properties make many industries dependent upon its use. Gasoline, anti-cancer drugs, fiber-optic cables, eyeglasses, fertilizers, explosives, paints and pacemakers all rely on platinum. Japanese consumers buy approximately 85% of the world's platinum jewelry each year. Demand for platinum in high technology applications is soaring due to its unique properties: It is virtually uncorrodable, has a melting point in alloy of 3,215 degrees Fahrenheit, is a powerful catalyzing agent and is highly conductive.

    It is an Environmental Metal: Over one-third of all platinum supplied to the international markets each year is used in catalytic converters to control harmful automobile emissions. Higher U.S. emission standards will force automakers to increase the use of platinum in catalytic converters and devices like oxygen sensors.

    It is the Premium Investment Metal: Buying platinum is an easy way to invest in worldwide economic growth because the metal is essential to the economies of many industrialized nations. Pure platinum legal tender bullion coins provide a liquid, convenient and reliable way to invest: Australian Koala, Canadian Maple Leaf, Isle of Man Noble and Chinese Panda. All coins are 99.95% pure and are available in one-ounce and fractional sizes. Investment-grade bars are also available in 10-ounce and smaller sizes from various refiners.
    Suisse One Troy Once Bar

    Invest in Precious
    Palladium
    One of the platinum group metals, palladium is used extensively as an industrial catalyst and is a key component in the manufacturing of automotive catalytic converters. Palladium is also essential in the jewelry industry...and is one of the three most used metals (along with nickel and silver) which can be alloyed with gold to produce "white gold." It is also used in dentistry, watch making, and in the production of surgical instruments and electrical contacts.

    Over half of the world's annual supply of palladium comes from Russia...and the amount and status of Russian palladium supplies are state secrets. In the past, Russia has routinely withheld supplies of palladium from world markets for its own political and/or economic gain, resulting in very large and very fast fluctuations in palladium prices.

    It is this historical range of prices, and the price differential between palladium and platinum at any given time, that gives palladium its attractive investment potential. The price of palladium has been, and could again be, extremely volatile, providing investors with a significant opportunity for speculative profit.
     
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