Platinum is one of the most rare and valuable metals in the world. Unlike silver and gold, platinum will not melt in a fire. This heat resistance is also what makes platinum difficult to work with when it comes to making coins and jewelry. Humans have only had the technology to work with platinum since the 18th century. As such, few platinum coins exist today. However, out of the attempts to create platinum coins, there have been some gorgeous examples. Here are the most creative and classic platinum coins.
5. 1996 Isle of Man Platinum Noble
In 1996, the Isle of Man issued a very unique ¼ ounce platinum coin. It features a Viking sailboat with a colorful hologram mast. While typical Platinum Nobles are handsome coins, they’re not particularly exciting. The hologram mast made this one of the most interesting platinum coins of all time.
4. 2005 Platinum Panda Coin
Truth be told, any of the Platinum Panda coins could be included on a top-five list. It’s exciting to see the new design each year, because they are so consistently memorable. However, the 2005 design is considered to be particularly exceptional. The detailed design of a mother panda with her cub eating bamboo captures a touching portrait of a rare animal.
3. 2010 Platinum Koalas
The splash of color on this unique platinum coin makes it really stand out from the crowd. Additionally, the design by indigenous artist Darryl Bellotti really drives home the theme of the series: “Discover Australia.” The design of this coin incorporates a bright teal color with a unique Aboriginal depiction of a koala bear, making it a standout platinum coin.
2. Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf
Unlike the varying designs of the aforementioned bullion coins, the design of the Platinum Canadian Maple Leaf remains the same year after year. The simple, clean layout of the coin makes it a classic. This coin features Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse side and a detailed rendering of the Canadian maple leaf on the reverse. Second only to America’s top platinum bullion coin, the Canadian Maple Leaf is an internationally beloved platinum coin.
1. 1998 American Platinum Eagle
The American Platinum Eagle is proof that coins can be more than currency; they can be works of art. From 1998–2002 American Platinum Eagles featured new reverse designs each year in a series called “Vistas of Liberty.” Each of these designs was exquisitely beautiful. The first 1998 design, however, is absolutely gorgeous. The detailed design features an American bald eagle, wings spread wide, soaring over a rocky shore at night.
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