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Platinum Numbers Studied Carefully
November 06, 2008

I was sitting in the chair at the dentist this morning during my usual blog posting time. I hope the regulars will forgive my tardiness.

I am glad to see comments being posted about the mintage figures for the "W" uncirculated platinum American Eagle coins.

First, I will answer the inquiry about where I get the numbers. I obtain them directly from the Mint's press office as they become available each week. I appreciate the Mint's help in getting them to me because I know how closely these are followed, especially at the end of each year.

As far as the comparisons to the "W" proofs go, I will mention that these numbers are published each week in Numismatic News and are also published each Thursday on the Web site and the Web site.

The uncirculated ounce stands at 393, while the proof version currently stands at 1,560.

The half-ounce uncirculated total is 802 and the proof half ounce is 781.

For the quarter ounce, the uncirculated is 2,138 and the proof is 1,025.

The tenth-ounce uncirculated is 2,500 and the proof version is 2,224.

The four-coin set of uncirculated coins stands at 1,191 and the proof four-coin set is 1,390.

That's it for today. Let the parsing begin.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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