For its beautiful design, the American Platinum Eagle coin has begun to attract collectors and investors all over the world. Since its introduction, the American Platinum Eagle has become one of the world's most widely-traded Platinum bullion coins. Released in 1997, the Platinum American Eagle is the only investment-grade Platinum coin from the United States Mint. It is also the only bullion coin the United States Government guarantees for weight, content, and .9995 purity. Besides their purity, the Platinum Eagle coins have also increased in popularity for their stunning designs.
Burnished Platinum Eagles are created through a specialized minting process. Burnished coin blanks are hand fed into specially prepared presses one at a time. Although the appearance of the coins is similar to the bullion versions, these uncirculated versions typically have a superior strike and finish and are handled more delicately. These coins were referred to as collectible uncirculated versions and feature the "W" mintmark for West Point.