FIRST EVER PALLADIUM COIN 2017 will mark the FIRST TIME the US Mint has ventured into Palladium coinage. Collectors always want to get a coin on the ground floor before the coin is established to ensure that they have the first year of the program usually signifying a key date of a series. FIRST MAJOR CHANGE TO EAGLE PROGRAM IN YEARS: This Palladium Eagle will mark the first time in 20 years (1997) since the Mint has made a significant change to the Eagle program. The last major change coincidently was the addition of the Platinum Eagle which was first struck in 1997. STRUCK IN HIGH RELIEF The Platinum Eagle coin is struck in high relief for both obverse and reverse images. This is the FIRST TIME a non-gold coin has been struck in high relief from the US Mint! SIGNED LABEL – JOHN MERCANTI Featuring the signature of one of the designers and 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, John Mercanti. This coin comes with a label certifying it’s MS70, perfect condition, hand signed by John Mercanti. OBVERSE Features an adaptation of Adolph Weinman’s popular “Mercury” dime Winged Liberty Design Inscriptions include “LIBERTY”, “IN GOD WE TRUST”, “2017”, and Weinman’s Initials. The primary obverse design was also used in 2016 for the Centennial gold release of the 2016-W 1/10 oz. Gold Mercury Dime. REVERSE: Features another Adolph Weinmans designs, taken from his 1907 American Institute of Architects(AIA) Gold Medal creation. Features an eagle with inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “25,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” as well as the weight and fineness “1 oz. Pd .9995 FINE” REVERSE SIDE: EAGLE SIMILIAR TO THE WALKING LIBERTY HALF-DOLLAR If you compare the reverse images of the Eagle on the 2017 Palladium Eagle to the Walking Liberty Half-Dollar(1916-1947) there are striking similarities. The main difference is that the Eagle on the 2017 Palladium Eagle is clenching the branch inside it’s beak, while the Walking Liberty’s eagle is facing left. Also slight difference in wing position. STRUCK AT PHILADELPHIA All of the Mint-State Palladium coins will be produced at the Philadelphia Mint, none will have a mintmark. WHAT IS PALLADIUM? Palladium is one of the rarest metals in the world and is a member of the Platinum family of medals. These medals are also called “Noble Metals” meaning that they have exceptional ability to withstand corrosion and oxidation. It is also hypoallergenic in the sense that it will not tarnish and remains white forever. Palladium resembles Platinum but is rarer and costs less than Platinum. FINENESS Each coin is struck in one full ounce of .9995 Palladium. This is designated on the reverse of the coin. WHY NOW? Back in 2010 US Congress had actually passed Public Law 111-303 with authorized the Secretary of the Treasury(by extension the US Mint) to produce a palladium bullion coin. The release was delayed due to feasibility studies, planchet procurement, as well as requiring technical development. After a short delay collectors are now able to get their hands on these FIRST EVER palladium coins produced by the US Mint! 225TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S. MINT For the last 225 years the United States Mint has continued to create and produce coins and currency in order to grow and maintain the respective monetary system that the United States is known for! The United States Mint was founded in 1792 making 2017 the 225th Anniversary. In the beginning only the Philadelphia Mint would produce coins and currency for the country however as demand rose the United States began to expand their mint facilities in the mid-nineteenth century. We have created a custom label to commemorate the 225th Anniversary and the release of the FIRST EVER palladium coin from the US Mint! FIRST DAY OF ISSUE Each 2017 Palladium Eagle designated with First Day of Issue (FDI) was purchased from the Mint on the very first day of being released. Coins are eligible for First Day Issue designation when the coins are received by NGC or PCGS within the first day of being issued by the Mint. Collectors seek out FDI coins for two main reasons: They are considered fresh, well-struck coins that were produced with new dies and also because the population of FDI coins is a very small fraction of the total mintage of any coin. Think about it, these FDI coins are certified as being some of the first to leave the Mint facility! NGC OR PCGS CERTIFIED Each coin with NGC or PCGS in the description has been certified, graded and encapsulated by the grading service that’s indicated. Both companies are two of the top third-party grading services in the world.