From 2006 to 2008, the United States Mint offered a second numismatic version of the American Platinum Eagle. These coins were referred to as collectible uncirculated versions, although many collectors refer to them as Burnished Platinum Eagles. These coins were sold directly by the US Mint to collectors in a fashion similar to the collectible proof coins. The unexpected and somewhat obscure offering experienced low sales, which translated into attractively low mintages.
The collectible uncirculated Platinum Eagles are created through a specialized minting process. Burnished coin blanks are hand fed into specially prepared presses one at a time. The burnished Platinum Eagles are also differentiated from bullion versions by the use of the annually rotating reverse design, also used on the proof versions, and the appearance of the “W” mint mark. The coins were available in four different sizes ranging from one-tenth ounce to one ounce, packaged and sold individually or as part of a four-coin set.
At the end of 2008, the US Mint announced the discontinuation of the collectible Uncirculated Platinum Eagles. This was done as part of a broader realignment of the entire numismatic portfolio. The briefly issued “burnished” Platinum Eagles now represent a unique three-year subset of the series, which has garnered a specialized following in recent years.
Recently we have seen increased demand for these low-minted "W" Mintmark Platinum Eagles. With their short three-year lifespan combined with their extremely low mintage, these coins continue to become more difficult to acquire as collectors and investors alike continue to dry up the open market supply.
We have just recently acquired one of the best “W” Mintmark Platinum sets ever released, the 2007-W 4pc Burnished Platinum Eagle in NGC MS70 Early Release. Only 481 sets could possibly be assembled in perfect NGC MS 70 Early Release.
This set will not last long!
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