In 1997, the U.S. Mint made numismatic history by issuing the first Platinum American Eagle Proof coin . The Platinum American Eagle is unique among American coinage because the design of the proof coin differs from the bullion coin. Authorized by Congress in 1996, the release of the 1997 Platinum American Eagle was the first platinum legal tender coin. The Platinum American Eagles hold a face value of $100.
The Platinum American Eagle Proof coin has become a favorite of American patriots. Every year, the design changes to reflect American greatness. Throughout the years, the Platinum American Eagle Proof coin honored noble American ideals like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the foundations of democracy. The 2023 Platinum American Eagle Proof coin is the third coin in a five-year series honoring the 1st Amendment. The Founding Fathers would only ratify the Constitution with guarantees of individual liberties. The Constitution's First Amendment is the philosophical bedrock and starting point of American Liberty expressed in the Constitution. The First Amendment to the Constitution Platinum Proof Coin Series is more than coins. They represent a timeless reminder of everything great about America herself.
With its 2023 release, the Platinum Eagle Proof, Freedom of Press is the third coin in the First Amendment in the United States Constitution Platinum Proof Coin Series. As the series title implies, this new collection of designs aims to commemorate, celebrate, and reinforce the ideals outlined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The series began in 2021 and will continue until 2025, with each year showcasing a different right granted by the 1st Amendment. The five rights are freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right of the people to assemble peaceably, and the right to petition the government.
The First Amendment series relies on the oak tree image, a famous American motif, to commemorate the First Amendment. The U.S. Mint stated that the oak tree would grow over the series’ five-year duration. The growth demonstrates how "liberty grows to a thing of strength and beauty from a seed – our Bill of Rights" and that "each of the freedoms enumerated in the First Amendment contributes to the growth and development of the Nation.” Each of the five designs will depict a sequential stage of the oak tree’s lifecycle, “from seedling to a mighty oak,” a progression that acts as a “metaphor for our country’s growth as a Nation that values freedom.” Each year contains a phrase expressing the benefits of that growth. The 2023 Proof coin feature acorns and says, "With Freedom of the Press, Liberty Bears Fruit." Like an acorn becoming another oak tree, a free press is a seed to grow liberty beyond our shores.
The U.S. Mint will release its 2023 Platinum American Eagle Freedom of Press Proof coin at noon Eastern Time on Thursday, February 23, 2023. Proof coins purchased directly through the U.S. Mint are ungraded. However, fast-acting clients of the United States Gold Bureau will have the opportunity to secure a very limited amount of Platinum American Eagle Freedom of Press Proof coins graded at the museum quality PF70 level a few weeks later.
The Ed Moy certification label program is a unique and exclusive feature offered only to U.S. Gold Bureau clients. Each PF70 investment-grade coin purchased through the U.S. Gold Bureau is certified perfect by the most trusted global coin grading service, the Numismatic Guarantee Company (NGC), and includes an exclusive certification label hand-signed by the 38th Director of the U.S. Mint, Edmund C. Moy. The Ed Moy signature series is the premier signature in the numismatic world. Coins with Mr. Moy's signatures have repeatedly shown incredible price appreciation .
The first two coins in the series had a mintage of 15,000. The 2023 mintage will only be 12,000. Both the 2021 and 2022 coins have shown remarkable price growth averaging 22%. When one thinks about the rarity, the craftsmanship, the greatness of America, the prestige of Ed Moy, the guaranteed buyback , and inflation-hedging upside potential, it’s no wonder why the 2023 Platinum American Eagle Freedom of Press Proof 70 coins will not only be a favorite of people wanting to pass down wealth, but also a legacy of freedom.